Justice Services - Youth

Goodwill Juvenile Justice Programs

Back to a Future

Goodwill’s Back to a Future (BTAF) Youth Reentry Program is funded through the Palm Beach County Public Safety Department. The program was created for youth returning home to Palm Beach County from a residential commitment program. The goal of the BTAF Program is to reduce recidivism by providing participants with services that will help make them successful. The program begins at the time of commitment, continues through the transition period (60 days before release) and follows the participant back into the community. Youth are eligible if they are moderate to high risk to recidivate and are returning to Palm Beach County.

Each participant served through Gulfstream Goodwill’s BTAF Youth Re-entry Services receives a Master Level Case Manager, under the supervision of the Clinical Team Leader who works with them to address their needs and concerns. The need for programs and services is determined for each participant individually, based on an assessment. A case plan is developed while the youth is still in commitment; referrals to services are done before release or upon release into the community. All participants are provided with comprehensive case management to assist them in accessing services and supports, ranging from transitional housing to community service hours or mental health/mentoring services and pro-social activities.

Gulfstream Goodwill Industries' services to BTAF participants include case management, life skills training, Goodwill Works (job readiness), educational assistance and employment services.


Intensive Home Detention

The Intensive Home Detention (IHD) Program allows participants, ages eight to 18, who would otherwise be court ordered to remain secure in the juvenile detention center (DJJ) to be redirected to their own community with support and supervision.

Youth who are determined on the DRAI (DJJ Assessment) to remain secure are released by the judge to the IHD Program. Gulfstream Goodwill’s case mangers monitor and mentor the youth, visiting them and their families at their homes. Case managers meet with participants a minimum of three times per week with additional visits as needed.

Intensive Home Detention youth participate in monthly activities designed to enhance social skills, life skills, and improve self-esteem and motivation. Some of these activities include guest speakers, educational modules, and movie and game nights. During holidays and other school closures, participants enjoy outings, such as fishing, bowling and skating.

Families and IHD participants are offered a variety of services, such as academic remediation, support services and prosocial activities.


Going the Distance

Going the Distance is a youth mentoring program funded by Palm Beach County Youth Services. Gulfstream Goodwill Industries provides targeted mentoring to youth, ages 13 to 22, who have touched the juvenile justice system. Mentoring also takes place at the PBSO County Jail and Palm Beach Youth Academy while youth are still in the facility. Our goal is empower at-risk youth to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal, current and future potential by ensuring each participant experiences a nurturing and positive relationship, as well as community support. Youth are matched with a mentor based on a survey completed by the mentor and mentee completed at admission to the mentoring initiative. Mentors work to establish a positive relationship with the Mentees and to provide guidance and motivation. Mentors and Mentees have contact throughout the month via phone, home visits and at least one monthly pro-social activity in the community. 

For more information about our youth justice services, please contact Director of Justice Services Laura Waterman (561) 848-7200, ext. 2284, or lwaterman@gulfstreamgoodwill.org.