Youth180, Inc.

aka Previously Dallas Challenge, Inc.   |   Dallas, TX   |  www.youth180tx.org

Mission

Youth180, formerly Dallas Challenge, has a 35-year history of providing quality prevention, intervention and treatment programs. We approach the struggles of our youth and families from a holistic, trauma-focused perspective. Our team recognizes the intersection of substance use with family dynamics, mental health, homelessness, victims of abuse and trafficking, and many other life experiences. We believe substance use, along with behavioral and mental health issues, are not choices, but rather underlying responses to a larger underlying concern: TRAUMA. Youth180 creates individualized treatment plans to help our clients heal. Together, we strive to promote resiliency for youth and their families, empowering them on the path to a healthy and productive life.

Ruling year info

1984

President and CEO

Ms. Keri Stitt M.A.,LPC-S

Main address

7777 Forest Ln Ste C-410

Dallas, TX 75230 USA

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Formerly known as

Dallas Challenge, Inc.

EIN

75-1964233

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

90% of addictions start in the teenage years, according to the Center on Addiction. The most recent Region 3 Texas School Survey found that current use (last 30 days) AND lifetime use of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, prescription drugs and illicit drugs has steadily increased among students grade 7th-12th since 2014. When we take a deeper look at the growing body of research, it suggests traumatic experiences coupled with substance use often result in debilitating consequences that can hinder normal youth development. Research shows: - More than 70% of adolescents receiving treatment for substance abuse have a history of trauma exposure. - Over 60% of adolescents in community-based substance use disorder treatment programs also meet diagnostic criteria for another mental illness. - As they cope with stigma, harassment and even rejection by their families, LGBTQ teens are 2 times more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol compared to their heterosexual peers.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth180 Programs

Youth180 has a 35-year history of providing quality programs to serve the needs of vulnerable youth and their families in our community. In 1983, a number of motivated Dallas civic leaders gathered at a symposium, "The Dallas Challenge," to look at the rising tide of adolescent drug and alcohol use. A task force was formed and quickly realized that the critical need was for methods of identifying and intervening in adolescent substance use as soon as possible. This task force incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency in March of 1984 as Dallas Challenge, Inc.

Dallas Challenge, Inc. changed its name to Youth180, Inc. in 2017. Youth180 focuses on a holistic approach to treating our young people and their families, identifying any trauma or underlying issues that led to the use of substances. We are one of the few licensed adolescent outpatient treatment centers in Dallas providing trauma-responsive counseling, prevention, intervention and education services.

Our prevention program educates youth and parents on coping, decision-making, and problem-solving skills as well as the risks associated with substance use. Our Certified Prevention Specialists provide free prevention curriculum at our North Oak Cliff Center as well as in local schools, recreation centers, housing authorities and other youth-serving agencies. Our specialists use two different types of curriculum, The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) and Positive Actions (PA), both provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The ultimate goal of our prevention programs is to provide education about healthy coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills in a preventative effort to stop the desire to cope with substances before it happens. Our commitment is that adolescents and their families walk away from prevention programs feeling stronger as a family-unit, remembering that they have a support system right here in their community.

Our counseling and outpatient treatment program provides an evidence-based, integrative approach to trauma-centered counseling & outpatient substance use treatment for youth (age 6-24) and their families. Because we recognize that every individual and family struggle is different, our program is specialized to fit the needs and strengths of all by providing the foundation for processing and healing from trauma. In a study of mental health interventions for youth, the gradual development of a strong, therapeutic relationship with a primary care provider was crucial for decreasing symptoms of depressions, behavioral issues and substance abuse, as well as increasing self-esteem.

Our staff is made up of an interdisciplinary, trauma-responsive team of Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors who are trained in various therapy modalities including the two approved World Health Organization (WHO) treatments for trauma: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), as well as Family Therapy. Together, our team works to create individualized treatment plans tailored to best fit the needs and strengths of our clients. Our trauma-focused care provides individual counseling for clients and their families needing one-on-one care for substance use, behavioral issues, family conflict, truancy, anxiety and depression. We also have group and supportive counseling for those who must address their substance dependency before tackling trauma. Our family systems approach has family counseling, parent support groups and parent counseling available. We believe it is vital for families to be closely involved in all aspects of counseling and treatment, especially because it looks different for every client depending on their needs. Our team meets clients where they are, taking the time to determine which therapeutic methods are best fit or our youth and families.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Youth180 recognizes the intersectionality of substance use with unhealthy family dynamics, mental health challenges, homelessness, prior abuse, trafficking, and other negative life experiences. We believe substance use, along with behavioral and mental health issues, are not choices, but rather responses to a larger underlying concern: trauma. Trauma affects individuals from all walks of life and can have lasting generational impact, if not processed and healed. Youth180 offers a unique pathway to that healing for youth and their families in our community.

Our goal is to empower young people and their families with resources, knowledge, hope and a community of support to guide them on their path to a healthy and productive future. We work with thousands of youth each year in programs designed to help gain coping, problem-solving and decision-making skills to prevent or reduce substance use. Our goal is to help them build resiliency and provide protective factors against the risks that confront young people today.

Youth180 is one of the few adolescent outpatient treatment centers in Dallas providing trauma-responsive counseling, prevention, intervention and education services. We offer our services to youth as well as their parent(s) because we believe family involvement is vital in counseling. Also, we know trauma can be generational and the parent(s) may need healing of their own. It is our mission to promote resiliency for youth and their families, empowering them on the path to a healthy and productive life. Our three programs include: prevention, intervention, counseling and treatment. Our prevention program educates youth and parents on coping, decision-making, and problem-solving skills as well as the risks associated with substance use. Our Certified Prevention Specialists provide free prevention curriculum at our North Oak Cliff Center as well as in local schools, recreation centers, housing authorities and other youth-serving agencies. Our intervention program is here to assist young people struggling with substance use, truancy, behavioral problems and other unhealthy coping mechanisms. These youth may be self-referred, or court mandated to attend our various classes that educate youth and their parent(s) on how to conquer conflict, address behavioral issues and truancy, avoid driving under the influence, communicate effectively and set goals. We require a parent, and welcome both parents, to attend the classes with the youth. We are committed to supporting the whole family as they work to address any unhealthy dynamics in their home. Our counseling and outpatient treatment program provides an evidence-based, integrative approach to trauma-centered counseling & outpatient substance use treatment for youth (age 6-24) and their families. Because we recognize that every individual and family struggle is different, our program is specialized to fit the needs and strengths of all by providing the foundation for processing and healing from trauma. In a study of mental health interventions for youth, the gradual development of a strong, therapeutic relationship with a primary care provider was crucial for decreasing symptoms of depressions, behavioral issues and substance abuse, as well as increasing self-esteem.

Our prevention program employs Certified Prevention Specialists. For counseling and treatment, our staff is made up of an interdisciplinary, trauma-responsive team of Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors who are trained in various therapy modalities including the two approved World Health Organization (WHO) treatments for trauma: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), as well as Family Therapy.

We have strong executive leadership and a diverse and well-trained staff. We engage in collaborative partnerships throughout our community to deliver programming and to obtain financial support. We have our own program facility space, but in delivering our programs we also travel to places that are more accessible for our participants.

In 35 years of operation, Youth 180 has served more than 200,000 young people and parents. Our prevention programs meet or exceed expectations, and our substance use treatment program regularly exceeds the national success rate for similar programs. We have maintained and expanded long term contract and funding relationships with state agencies, counties and local school districts. We continually adapt our programs to meet the changing needs of our community.

Financials

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Youth180, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/11/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr, Andrew Jones

Sawicki Law

Bethene Edwards

Andrew Jones

Sawicki Law Firm

William Shamburger

Judd Thomas Smith & Company

Justin Erbskorn

UpShift Digital

Sara Erbskorn

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Melina Bales

Foley Gardere

Lou Ann Brunnen

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Mark Gardner

Retire Well Dallas

Jason Knott

Jim Palma

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No