The Second Chance Program

For the protection and rehabilitation of young people in detention centers.

Fruit of many years of work in youth centers, the Second Chance Program has been developed in Partnership with the Department of Justice and Department of Social Welfare and Development.

It aims to fight recidivism and accompany Children in Conflict with the Law aged between 17 to 23 years old. 

It has developed social, psychological and educational interventions designed for the specific needs of these youth. Is the result of the observation that reintegration of CICL’s starts in detention centers.

Second Chance Program is divided into three parts:

1. Social Preparation in Youth Homes

The team visits a Detention Center in Manila 2 times a week to prepare the youth for their reintegration. It tackles the multiple facets of the life of detained youth by providing:

  • Personal sharing or spiritual guidance
  • Legal assistance
  • A set of group training, The GOAL formation (Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Seeking Safety Sessions, Toward Self-Sustainability Training)
  • Sports Education

Since 2010, Crossroad for Youth Training (CR4Y) of ACAY was awarded as Best Practice for the Youth in Jail by Juvenile Justice for the Welfare of Children (JJWC)

2. After Care (The Reintegration)

ACAY offers a reintegration programs which aims to educate, to train and to prepare young adults who came out of detention centers to have the knowledge,  techniques and necessary values in order to become an active member of the society. 

  • Follow up for youth who benefited from the Social Preparation in Detention
  • Mentoring and Coaching (once a week meeting with Life Coach)
  • Immersion in ACAY Family Life (weekend activities with ACAY other programs)

92% of youth did not go back to detention centers. These are the youth from 2009 to 2018 that have been coached with the After Care Program

3. Intervention in the Court

ACAY is taking part in the innovating Diversion Program launched by the Judiciary which also involves the families of the youth and the Barangay officials. ACAY coaches the youth and their families with monthly sessions on Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Seeking Safety and Self-Awareness.

They give support to this program: