The GOAL Program

Helping Area Youth

The Greater Opportunities for Additional Learning (GOAL) Program uses volunteer facilitators and guest speakers to provide children being detained at the Juvenile Court Central Detention Facility with an opportunity to receive relevant and beneficial information within a loosely structured classroom. With a daily average of 100 children staying for an average of three days, the GOAL Program has a potential to serve over 8,600 children in a calendar year. Classes are specifically designed to meet the needs of unruly and delinquent children.

Program Sessions

Sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday. Each session will cover various subjects relating to children's needs. Sessions are held in a secured central detention classroom, overseen by a detention monitor. Topics to be covered in the sessions will include, but are not limited to:
  • Anger management
  • Building self esteem
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Drug, alcohol, and substance abuse awareness
  • Life skills, such as financial responsibility and job seeking / readiness
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
The GOAL Program coordinator oversees the program. Currently we have 25 facilitators who meet regularly with the children in detention.

Note: This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.