With over 800 sites in Allegheny County, WorkBridge places, monitors and reports to the Court the progress of the youth. The Community Service component provides clients ages 10 to 21 with the opportunity to perform court ordered community service through placement at various sites.
The Employment Initiative provides job training workshops to clients ages 16 to 21, and then assists them with finding meaningful, paid employment opportunities in the community. Employment counselors serve the youth and the Court by collecting restitution payments.
Community Repair Crew
The Community Repair Crew provides clients ages 14 to 21 with court ordered community service with competency development through training in six areas of minor repair and construction and provides victims of vandalism, burglary and other crimes with immediate and tangible work assistance. In addition, victim awareness and victim impact classes are provided.
The Stipend Project permits youth ages 10 to 15 (too young for employment due to Child Labor Laws) to perform community service in exchange for a stipend which pays their restitution.
Aggression Replacement Training® (ART)
Aggression Replacement Training is a cognitive behavioral intervention specifically targeting chronically aggressive youth ages 12 to 17. It consists of 10 weeks of group training sessions for each of targeted interventions: Skill Streaming, Anger Control Training, and Moral Reasoning.
Skill Streaming teaches participants how to replace anti-social behaviors with positive behaviors. Anger Control teaches participants how to respond to anger in a non-aggressive manner and rethink anger provoking situations. Moral Reasoning helps raise participants’ levels of fairness, justice and concern for the needs and rights of others
Victim/Community Awareness Groups
The Victim/Community Awareness class curriculum helps youth realize the effect of their choices on the society at large. Through role playing, writing apology letters to the victim, and group discussion of their offenses, the youth come to realize the impact of their actions. A pre- and post test evaluate the effectiveness of the class.