DDAP, a program of Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, is a voluntary intervention alternative to court-ordered detention, providing young people with community-based support and supervision. DDAP strives to reduce the disproportionate number of minority youth arraigned through the court system, offering an opportunity to reverse their path to juvenile crime and helping them live to their fullest potential. We presently have programs in the Dorchester, Springfield and Holyoke juvenile courts.

Services include:

  • Intervention: DDAP is a highly successful program that has been researched and replicated in multiple states with a proven track record of keeping youth in their community, in their school and out of detention, helping to maintain and create new positive peer connections.
  • One-on-One Support: Youth Advocates provide intensive support to youth including: accompanying youth to scheduled court dates, school visits, employment assistance, and enrichment and recreational activities.
  • Wrap Around Services: Family support groups and community connections ensure a strength-based plan is developed and implemented on an individual basis.
  • Vibrant Locations: Community Centers offer an array of services in a supporting environment for youth participants including technical, arts and sports programming.

Community Connections

  • DDAP provides a bridge to resources such as health care, education, counseling, drug treatment, employment opportunities, and recreational activities.
  • Partnerships with local youth agencies for additional support for youth to learn how to use community resources and connect with others who can help them make positive choices about their own futures.
  • Tutoring partnership with Curry College provides mentoring relationships as well as educational assistance (similar model will be developed with Holyoke and Springfield area colleges).
  • Community Service projects engage youth in positive and meaningful ways with their peer groups and community members.

Theresa Conti, tconti@rfkchildren.org