Second Chance Arlington is a restorative justice education program for Arlington middle and high school students to help them avoid alcohol, drugs, and certain other illegal substances. It is not treatment or therapy. Students showing signs of early substance use will benefit most from attending. Participation is free for Arlington middle and high school students. 

Students found under the influence or in possession of illegal substances may be referred to Second Chance by Arlington Public Schools (APS) in lieu of school suspension, by the Arlington County Juvenile Court System in lieu of appearing in court, or by parents/guardians concerned their teen might be using substances. Students can also self-refer. In all instances, attendance is confidential and an excused school absence.

Second Chance Arlington is a collaborative community effort that includes students, parents/guardians, school administrators, police, the juvenile justice system, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and non-profit partners. It is a program of the Arlington Foundation for Families and Youth (formerly known as the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families Foundation).

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