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Parents! Is your teen in trouble?

Are you or someone you care about losing sleep over a troubled teen? Are you worried that your child is going down the wrong path? We are here to help. Do not hesitate to call. We can help teens and their families make a new start and make positive changes in their lives. We provide positive mentors and focus their energy into learning trades and giving back to the community while they receive professional counseling.

Call Project L.I.F.T. founder Bob Zaccheo, who is also a Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Substance Abuse Expert at his office at 772-221-2244 or by email at bob@projectliftmc.com.

Is your child an “at risk” youth?

"At-risk" youth can mean a number of different things. Below is a list of events or situations that meet at-risk youth criteria:

  1. Involved in delinquent behavior as identified by department of juvenile justice or by a guardian
  2. Substance abuse
  3. Victims of crime or abuse: Including but not limited to Physical Assualt, bullying, child abuse or neglect, hate crimes, robbery and teen dating vitimization
  4. Out-of-school suspensions
  5. In-school suspensions
  6. Expulsion from school or termination from work
  7. Impulsive behavior that has resulted in judicial involvement or law enforcement being requested to assist
  8. Poor school attendance/excessive absenteeism
  9. Truant behavior
  10. Low socio-economic housing areas
  11. Juvenile offender/repeat offender
  12. Depression, anxiety, impulse control, anger management issues, family functional (home) problems

Research shows that “at-risk” youth have been victims or perpetrators of crime have much higher rates of mental illness than other youth and are less likely to receive help for their underlying problems. In fact, juvenile offenders with untreated mental health problems are likely to become repeat offenders.

According to the Natl. Crime Prevention Council, Teens in the United States make-up almost half of all victims of violent crime over the age of 12, with 15 young people killed each day in the U.S., and over 80 percent with guns. Date rape is alarmingly common among teens affecting 1 in 5 young people. Of high school students, 30% are involved in bullying. The U.S. Secret Service found the odds of a high school student being injured or threatened with a weapon were about 1 in 14, and the odds of a teen being in a physical fight were 1 in 7. Victimization of any of these crimes is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance uses, poor school performance, strained family relationships, involvement with juvenile justice system, suicide and engaging in risky sexual behaviors. Among adolescents with mental health needs, 70% do not receive needed care. Not having access to services is the number one reason teen victims do not get the help they need.

Martin County’s Sheriff’s Office reports that 6,594 arrests were made in 2015. Out of those arrests, 238 of them were juvenile offenders. Assaults were close to 30 percent, making it the majority arrests, with two of the arrests being forced sexual offenders. Drugs and Narcotic offenses made up 23% of juvenile offenses.

Unfortunately, it is the unreported crimes such as date rape, bullying and hate crimes that the Sheriff’s Office cannot report, but are at the core of the victims’ traumas that Project Lift treats. This underserved population of teens have long-standing untreated trauma that commonly surfaced in behavioral problems such as sexual promiscuity, drug abuse, truancy and uncontrolled anger outbursts. These are the victims Project Lift exists to treat. Healing the trauma and retraining the behavior as led to 80% of the victims going on to live productive lives, by graduating high school and enrolling in college or being employed in a trade.