Youth Treatment and Education
Center, formerly Youth Treatment and Education Court (YTEC), was founded in 1997 in
response to the prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse within the juvenile
justice population. YTEC was created to provide intensive day treatment
and diversion services for San Francisco youth on probation and those
participating in San Francisco’s Juvenile Drug Court.
- San Francisco begins planning its first Juvenile Drug Court
Juvenile Drug courts are based on the successful model of Adult
Drug Courts, first introduced by Janet Reno as an answer to the
failure of incarceration without substance abuse treatment. In Drug
Courts, Prosecution and Defense Counsels put aside their traditional
adversarial roles and come together to develop and support a plan
that is in the best interest of the youth. The Judge is directly
involved in that treatment plan, with the youth appearing before
the Judge on a regular basis.
The two-year planning process initiated
by Supervising Juvenile Court Judge, Ina Levin Gyemant, brought together
a wide range of legal, government and community organizations, and included
the voices of youth and their families. The result was a unique vision
for an alternative to incarceration for drug-involved youth incorporating
court-required treatment plans with extensive wrap-around support services.
1997 – YTEC – the Juvenile Drug
Court begins with treatment services
As a result of this
comprehensive planning, a collaborative of government and community
organizations launched the “Youth Treatment and
Education Court” (YTEC). Youth attended an intensive after-school
program five to six days per week, including drug treatment, case
management, weekly court appearances, therapy, family support, and
numerous other services provided by collaborative partners.
2000 – YTEC
expands to include the YTEC Academy, strengthening the treatment/education
YTEC partners with the San Francisco Unified School
District to pilot the YTEC Academy, an on-site alternative High
School. YTEC now serves youth full-time from 8.20 to 5.00 with all
educational and treatment services under one roof. The school accommodates
20 YTEC students at a given time with the goal of helping them become
positive leaders of their communities, to obtain a high school diploma,
and to gain the tools and skills needed to complete a college or
vocational program. In 2001, five Academy students make the SFUSD
honor roll for African American Scholars.
2002 - YTEC
pilots the Leadership Program for youth who have “graduated” drug
To meet the needs of youth that have successfully
completed their drug court requirements, but still want to stay
connected with the staff, resources and support of YTEC, the Leadership
Program is launched. The program includes opportunities for youth
to maintain their gains and prevent relapse while further developing
their academic, leadership, and life skills. All leadership youth
are enrolled in college or vocational training, in addition to
acquiring work experience.
2004 - YTEC moves to a new
location and expands the Academy
Because of its successful
track record, YTEC receives a grant from the SFUSD as a part
of the Secondary School Redesign Initiative to begin planning
to grow the school. In Fall 2004, YTEC and the Academy move
to a new location with the capacity for 50 students at any time
and 100 students a year – and with the goal of accommodating
100 students at any time within three years. YTEC expands its School
to Work, and School to College programs in partnership with San Francisco
State University, and New College.
2005 – a
new structure and a new name to reflect YTEC’s expanded role
To reflect the reality of its growth in programs far beyond
those required by the drug court, YTEC changes its name to Youth
Treatment and Education Center, and obtains
independent status as a 501c3 organization with its own Board of Directors.
YTEC continues to evolve to accommodate more youth in its successful
model and to support the growing dreams and goals of its graduates.
2006– Principals' Center Collaborative opens to expand the model
Because of the success of YTEC's integration of treatment and education, San Francisco decided to expand the Academy to include more youth on probation. San Francisco Superior Court, SF Unified School District, Mayor Gavin Newsom's Office Of Criminal Justice and the Department of Probation joined with YTEC to expand the program at the SFUSD's Principals' Center campus. The collaborative high school now serves over 60 youth with innovative, integrated treatment and course work.