Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model

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About This Program

Target Population: Adolescents aged 14-18 in need of residential placement, who have fallen into trouble in the community with behavior characterized by substance abuse problems, delinquent behaviors, school failure, family problems, negative peer associations, and by an inability to make positive decisions

For children/adolescents ages: 14 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 14 – 18

Brief Description

The Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model teaches youth to be accountable for their behaviors through daily group therapy sessions, daily work experience, a comprehensive high school and vocational program, and a student government. Through this structured program, youth should develop the self-esteem and skills to be responsible and self-reliant adults. The main precepts for the development of Boys Republic in 1907 still hold true today; youth can learn to be accountable for their behavior by governing themselves, by developing a sense of responsibility, and, in addition, by developing a strong work ethic. The program can be done in a residential community program, a day treatment program, or a correctional facility.

Program Goals:

The primary goals of the Boys Republic Peer Accountability Model are:

  • Develop prosocial and nondelinquent behaviors and values in our youth
  • Transition youth to stable family living arrangements or positive independent living arrangements
  • Reduce and eliminate the use of substances and alcohol
  • Develop positive peer group associations
  • Improve family relationships
  • Help youth attain appropriate grade level and achievement levels
  • Eliminate the need for future out-of-home placement
  • Eliminate and or reduce the severity and frequency of law enforcement contracts
  • Teach a positive and responsible attitude toward work

Contact Information

Dr. Chris Burns, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Boys Republic
Phone: (909) 628-1217
Fax: (909) 627-9222

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: November 2013

Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: November 2013