The Essex County Diversion Program is proud to offer a full range of programs necessary to promote the best outcomes possible for our community’s youth.

The primary focus of our programs is for youth to develop self-respect, responsibility, and appropriate problem solving skills while empowering young men and women to create, maintain, and improve their upon their decision-making in a positive way.

We offer eight programs, each dealing with various subject matters, all pertinent to the issues youth face today. Subject matters covered include social skills in Rebound Life Choices, mediation in Youth Justice Committees, “sexting” and inappropriate sexualized behaviour in M.E.S.S.A.G.E and R.E.S.P.E.C.T., stealing in L.O.S.S., bullying in Beyond Bullying and substance abuse in Teen Intervene.

All programming consists of an assessment, case plan, family support and supervision for a designated period of time for youth ages 12 – 17.

Participants must attend all sessions in full, actively participate, complete assignments as well as complete a pre and post-test prior to successfully finishing programming. If a Police/Court Referred participant fails to attend and participate as scheduled, the participant’s file will be returned to Police Services/Courts for further enforcement.