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Second Chance Program

Program Goals

Second Chance aims to reduce impulsive and aggressive behaviors in youth. Trained workshop facilitators inspire parents to believe in their children and to work to improve the parent-child relationship. Our ultimate goal is to decrease disorderly conduct and reduce juvenile delinquency.

Second Chance works in partnership with The Department of Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Diversion Services.

Who Is Eligible For the Program?

Second Chance is for students in grades 4-12 (ages 10-17), who have been disruptive or disrespectful at school, at home, or in the community. Students must attend the entire program with a parent or guardian.

Program Costs

A fee of $20 per workshop will be charged. Since it is challenging for families to eat a meal together, the program will provide a full, free meal for the child and parents can eat for only $4.00/parent/week. The cost of the program creates a sense of accountability and responsibility. If you have special circumstances, let Nicole Sheppard know before attending your first workshop. Second Chance Program partial scholarships are available upon extreme financial need.

Class Topics

Class registration (required): any Wednesday evening at 5:00 pm.

1. Understanding the Problem: Taking Responsibility for Your Actions
2. Communication and Listening/Dealing with Conflict
3. Problem Solving and Anger Management
4. Interpersonal Violence
5. Friends/Dating/Sexuality
6. Crime and Victimization (and Gang-Related Activity)
7. Respect and Your Behavioral Choices
8. Effects of Alcohol and Drug Abuse/Peer Pressure Temptation
9. Goals and Goal Setting
10. Accountability: Putting It All Together

Class Schedule

Second Chance registration is held any Wednesday evening at 5:00 pm.

Actual workshops are held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance for DJJ court/referral ordered clients (both juvenile and/or parent/guardian) is required (mandated). Only one (1) absence will be allowed. Clients must attend all 10 weeks of class and pay in full in order to successfully complete the program. Upon the 2nd absence, client will be referred back to their court/referral source for non-compliance.

In order to successfully complete (graduate) the Second Chance Program, clients must:

1. Attend all 10 weeks of class.
2. Have balance paid in full ($200.00).
3. Complete a Post Knowledge Test at the last class.

Upon completion of the above, clients will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Holiday Schedule

Please see the School District of Greenville County Holiday Schedule link below. Second Chance will honor any school holiday that falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening.

  • Second Chance Contact Information & Fees

    If you have any questions or would like to inquire about the Second Chance Program, please contact Nicole Sheppard at 864-467-3434, ext. 3328.

    An introduction session is held every Wednesday at 5:00 pm at Compass of Carolina located at 1100 Rutherford Road in Greenville, SC. Please call to sign up for the introduction session. You are required to register before attending your first class.

    The cost of the program is $20/per workshop/per family. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

Second Chance Links