The programs on this page provide services and support to youth served at Douglas County Youth Services.
The Lawrence Arts Center classes are taught for both youth in detention and youth in Day School. These classes are funded by USD 497.
Music Therapy Program
Music Therapy is taught by under graduate and graduate students from the University of Kansas, and are supervised by a board-certified music therapist. Music is used to teach detention youth non-musical goals, such as social skills, team work and leadership skills.
For more information, see the KU Music Therapy website.
University of Kansas/Youth Services Social Skills Program
The Social Skills program is a nine week class taught by students participating as Interns in the KU/DCYS Truancy Program. During the program, interns are supervised by Teaching Assistants from the KU Department of Applied Behavioral Science. The Interns help the students practice new skills throughout the nine weeks, such as resisting peer pressure, accepting negative feedback and problem solving. At the end of the nine weeks, there is a pizza party for the social skills group as a reward for participating.
Pastor Gary Pearson volunteers once a week or by request to offer detention residents the opportunity to attend services on Sundays.