Project LIFE is a three-session, nine-hour intensive program designed to help educate youths and their families about the consequences arising from acts of violence. Offered by the Marion Superior Courts – Juvenile Division in conjunction with the Marion County Public Health Department, the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center, Prescription for Hope and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, the sessions address youth violence through its medical and legal implications.
As participants in the program, youths and their families hear from guest speakers who have had their lives irrevocably changed by the tragedy of violence. Through watching and analyzing violent incident simulations and discussions with medical professionals and prosecutors, participants learn how to communicate effectively and resolve conflict without turning to weapons. In addition, participants review any factors in their lives that might promote violence and criminal activity and learn of other factors and decisions that may serve as buffers.
To be eligible for participation in Project LIFE, youths must be between the ages of 12 and 17. The Juvenile Division of the Marion Superior Courts refers youths with a history of battery, weapons violence and repeated problems with violence. Attendance by a parent or guardian is required, and participants will have an opportunity to discuss the incident that resulted in their participation in the program and the steps they can take to promote individual and family change.