New Beginnings Youth Development Center
New Beginnings is a secure residential treatment facility for young males. Youth at New Beginnings participate in the DC Model program, which provides supervision, rehabilitation, and planning for the youth’s return to his community.
With the DC Model, youth have highly-structured schedules that focus on developing the following:
- Positive relationships
- Successful coping and decision-making skills
- Self-awareness, and
- Behavioral change
New Beginnings’ services include:
- Mental, behavioral, and physical health care
- Educational services
- Vocational training and workforce development
- Substance use treatment
- Relationship building
- Creativity and community engagement
New Beginnings unit managers contact family members every week to discuss their youth’s progress. To help youth stay connected with their families, New Beginnings encourages families to be involved with DYRS in their child’s treatment planning, education, and rehabilitative services. On Saturdays and Sundays, DYRS offers a free shuttle service to and from the facility to the Minnesota Avenue metro station to encourage family visits. In addition, New Beginnings staff invites families to events such as awards programs and holiday dinners.