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1015 Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
(850) 863-4160 or (800) 537-5433

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Gulf Coast Youth Academy: Our Mission


The mission of Gulf Coast Youth Academy is to protect public safety by reducing juvenile crime and delinquency in Florida through a commitment to the Balanced Approach to Restorative Justice (BARJ) philosophy.

The BARJ philosophy and treatment approach identifies the harm created by youth to the crime victims and communities and focuses on teaching empathy and repairing harm. The BARJ philosophy encompasses decreasing youths' threat to public safety, holding youth accountable for the harm caused by their crimes, and enabling youth to make amends to their victims and the community.

Our goals are to help youth develop competencies valued by the community through therapeutic and educational programming in a secure, structured environment and to promote youths' successful transition into the community without re-offending. We provide programming that increases youths' skill in academics, employability, reasoning, decision- making, impulse control, conflict resolution, leadership, and interpersonal problem-solving. Gulf Coast Youth Academy utilizes a team approach to teaching adjudicated youth the fundamentals of goal and objective setting and completion.

A multidisciplinary Treatment Team meets bi-weekly with the youth to initiate and monitor a Performance Plan, based on a thorough assessment of the needs that must be addressed to increase the youths’ level of functioning in the community.

The Treatment Team is composed of the Program Director or his designee, a mental health professional, a nursing representative, a representative from the educational program, the youth’s case manager, a direct-care staff member, the youth’s parents or guardians, and the youth himself.

Every youth at Gulf Coast Youth Academy earns his way through the program based on the completion of his Performance Plan goals and objectives, one of which is completion of the Adolescent Behavioral Developmental Incentive Program (ABDIP). This program documents their daily behavior according to eight specific behavioral areas and identifies specific growth areas in the youths’ social skills.

The youth at Gulf Coast Youth Academy also take part in a skill-streaming group Monday through Friday that helps the youth develop 50 specific social skills through role playing and staff instruction.

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