The Phoenix Program is multi-purpose support program offered exclusively by Young People in Recovery to criminal justice organizations, diversionary courts, law enforcement agencies, and to individual stakeholders in an effort to promote education, access to resources, and direct service for transitional-aged youth (18-25) involved in, or at-risk for, involvement in the criminal justice system. This program is grounded in the core mission of YPR which is to educate and empower individuals who are in, or seeking, lifelong recovery.

Phoenix is informed by the four critical dimensions that SAMHSA identified for a successful life in recovery: health, home, purpose and community. It is further rooted in the SAMHSA GAINS center-identified barriers for successful reentry: lack of healthcare, job skills, education, and stable housing. Phoenix utilizes a peer support services model, which allows peers with lived experience to mobilize and directly serve at-risk individuals by providing the connective link to resources and assets that exist in their community. This program serves as the conduit that can educate, empower, and connect individuals to the resources that they need to be successful.

Phoenix Curriculum

Participants will engage in weekly 1-2 hour-long sessions focusing on 8 learning modules including:

  • Education
  • Employment (I & II)
  • Empowerment
  • Financial Literacy
  • Housing
  • Leadership
  • Recovery Messaging

The Phoenix curriculum will be implemented either on site or at nearby facilities accessible for program participants. YPR staff will serve as program implementers, data collectors, and facilitators for participants wanting to engage in the YPR community upon completion of the program. YPR will work to build community amongst participants and other young people in recovery through our chapter network. YPR’s national grassroots chapter network focuses on peer-to-peer services for young people in, or seeking, recovery. YPR aims to improve access to treatment, education, employment and housing that sustains young people in their recovery by empowering people to get involved in their communities by providing them with the tools and support that will allow them to take charge of their futures. Chapters provide the space for people to engage in prosocial activities, all-recovery meetings, and more. Our chapter network serves to create positive and healthy communities for young people in, or seeking, recovery.