The Cochise County Juvenile Facility has several programs that are designed to educate youth and encourage positive behavior.
- Transition/Release: Helps youth successfully leave the facility by offering education on life skills.
- Peer Senate: Allows youth to have an active voice on the issues that govern them while living at the facility. Only level 4 & 5 may be a voting member of the Senate.
- Character Education: Encourages and rewards positive behavior.
The Cochise County Juvenile Detention Center has incorporated a strength-based program called Step-Up. The goals of the Step-Up Program are:
- Afford youth an opportunity for indvidual growth and change
- Provide an opportunity for release of emotional tension
- Teach fair play, rule following and teamwork
- Provide socially acceptable outlet for hostility
- Give youth a better understanding of themselves
- Develop new interests or skills youth can follow when released
- Provide an opportunity to work within a structual setting
In addition each youth is paired with a staff mentor who will build a positive relationship and work with the youth during their stay in detention. The objective of the mentor is:
- Facilitate treatment and supervision amenability
- Stabilize delinquent behavior and thinking of troubled youth
- Help youth recognize changes they need to make
- Prepare youth by increasing skills for success in next program
- Assist youth to transition to their next program