|About||Centinela Youth Services, Inc. (CYS) is a 501c3 non-profit community-based organization established in 1975 serving the County of Los Angeles.|
|Mission||The mission of Centinela Youth Services is to strengthen families and communities by empowering Los Angeles area youth (7-21 years of age) to resolve conflicts and overcome obstacles in order to become successful students and contributing adults. Centinela Youth Services (CYS) is a 501c3 non-profit community-based agency established in 1975 by the cities of Hawthorne, Lawndale, Inglewood, Gardena and the County of Los Angeles.|
Restorative Justice Programs
Victim Offender Restitution Program
The Victim Offender Restitution Program (VORS) gives youth offenders the opportunity to learn the harm they have caused, ‘make right’ their wrongs and become accountable for their actions. The program also works to provide, financial and psychological restitution for victims and relief for the overloaded Juvenile Justice system. Developed under the auspices of a Collaboration Team headed by the Presiding Judge, Victim Offender Restitution receives referrals from throughout LA County via Probation and law enforcement. Mediations facilitated by trained community volunteers are held between offenders and their victims who include private citizens, homeowners, teachers, local city governments, businesses and other children. Crimes include vandalism, theft, assault, shoplifting and other non weapon crimes. In Victim Offender Restitution mediations, offenders learn the harm they have caused and have an opportunity to reach an agreement to make restitution. Since 1992, 98% of the more than 4000 Victim Offender Restitution program mediations have reached agreements resulting in over $700,000 in restitution to victims, over 20,000 hours of community service performed and 3,920 letters of apology written by the youth offenders to their victim.
Family Mediation Program
The Family Mediation Program (FARS) provides mediations for youth who are in severe conflict with their family. After an initial session of problem identification from both the parent and child view point, trained mediators help families craft written agreements on issues. 95% of participants return for a second mediation and when surveyed 3 to 6 months later, using an instrument developed by UCLA/RAND for CYS, over 70% reported reduced family conflict and increased communication skills. Over 85% reported no further contact with authorities regarding conflict. These encouraging results demonstrate that families in severe conflict when engaged