"It’s about keeping you on the right track for a better future."
Second Chance grew out of a 2007 community-wide strategic planning initiative for improving community health. Data collected from Arlington students in grades 8, 10, and 12 at that time showed that Arlington teens were binge drinking at rates higher than the national average and in surrounding jurisdictions. In response, the community recognized the need for an early intervention education program. Stakeholders focused on the well-being of Arlington youth came together to create Second Chance, including developing the curriculum and securing funding. Second Chance officially launched in September 2011 and has since served more than 800 teens and their parents.
The work continues today under the auspices of the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families Foundation, with financial support from Arlington Public Schools and the commitment, collaboration and support of the Arlington County Police Department, Juvenile Courts, the Probation Office, the Arlington Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Human Services.
Second Chance has received the National School Boards Association Magna Award and the Virginia Municipal League’s Achievement Award. These awards recognize innovative problem-solving, excellence in management, citizen participation, and improved services to citizens. More importantly, students who have completed Second Chance report a positive impact on their knowledge, attitude, and behavior around drugs, alcohol, and other illegal substances.
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The Second Chance program allows middle and high school kids who have been referred to the Juvenile Justice system for substance abuse, to avoid prosecution in favor of participation in an educational program. This press event was held on June 30, 2011 in the Arlington County VA Public LIbrary.