Project Imagine is a Community Violence Intervention collaborative for ages 21 and under that provides at-risk and gang affiliated individual’s opportunities for success through multi-resource interventions. Project Imagine is based on the evidence-based theory of Cognitive Behavior Therapy in that if the youth can implement new information and standards, then he or she can change their behavior. The idea is that the program creates a positive "image" in the mind of the youth so that he or she can "Imagine" a life without gangs or crime.
The youth will receive:
- 15-hour orientation including a CliftonStrengths-based assessment, Casey life skills, financial literacy, goalsetting, workforce readiness, and Credible Messenger forum
- Fulltime and Part-time employment through partnerships with city departments, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses)
- 1-on-1 Outreach worker (1-year minimum)
- Educational assistance
- Sports Based Youth Development featuring basketball and boxing
- Apprenticeship opportunities with Danville businessowners (barbering, cosmetology)
The referrals to the program are provided by community members, Department of Juvenile Justice, Danville Public Schools, and the various other entities in the city.