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Our Mission:
Helping youth find the path to a healthy and productive life.

Our History:
Youth 180 was formed in 1984 by civic leaders who wanted to address a rising tide of adolescent drug and alcohol use in North Texas. Called Dallas Challenge until 2018, the organization has served more than 200,000 children and parents.  

What we do:
We address the risks and behaviors that can derail youth by guiding and giving them hope for the future, facts and skills they need to know, and a community of support. These are the keys our programs provide to help youth find the path to a healthy and productive life.  

THE PROBLEM

All young people need guidance and skills to stay on the right path. Unresolved trauma, parenting issues, peer pressure, poverty and other forces can increase the challenges. Many youth try to solve these challenges in unhealthy ways  - using drugs or alcohol to numb emotional or physical pain, engaging in illegal activities to be part of a group of friends, or simply holding in their feelings so they become severely depressed and unable to participate in school and other everyday kid activities.

THE YOUTH 180 APPROACH

Some people see problem kids.

We see kids who need help solving problems.

 

When children take a wrong turn, use drugs, skip school, or break the law, they aren’t just acting out. They are asking for help. So our programs help them find healthy ways to deal with the challenges in their lives. The keys to finding the path to a healthy and productive life are:

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Knowing The Facts

My choices now affect my future

Underage use of drugs or alcohol can harm my health

Education affects the quality of my future

Breaking the law has consequences

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Having Hope For The Future

I believe I matter

I have talents and I am capable

I am passionate about something in my life

I believe I can be successful

I am not my past; I am my future

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Building Skills

I know how to decide the right thing to do

When I am disappointed, I can keep going

I can solve problems in healthy ways

I can communicate my thoughts and feelings, and respect others’ thoughts and feelings

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Finding Strength In Community

My family and friends are a support system for me

I am part of a larger community that can support me with mentors and role models

I have responsibilities to make positive contributions and avoid negative impacts to my community

OUR PROGRAMS ADDRESS COMMON ISSUES

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PREVENTION SERVICES CLASSES

Helps youth gain coping, problem-solving and decision-making skills that prevent or reduce drug and alcohol use.

SHOPLIFTING AND OTHER THEFT

SMART DECISIONS THEFT INTERVENTION CLASS

Designed for youth (10-17) in trouble for shoplifting or other theft. 

DRUG USE REQUIRING TREATMENT

DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR TEENS

Licensed Adolescent Substance Use Treatment program for teens ages 13–17

ANGER AND CONFLICT

ANGER & CONFLICT MANAGEMENT CLASS

Designed for youth (10-17) who have demonstrated disruptive behaviors as ways of attempting to solve problems.

DUI, ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE POSSESSION

YOUTHFUL DRINKING & DRIVING PREVENTION PROGRAM

One day course for 15–25 year olds referred for alcohol or drug possession or use, or for DWI/DUI.

SKIPPING SCHOOL

PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS

Truancy prevention & intervention class for middle & high school youth.

 
 

SOCIAL STREAM