I went to a tutor every day, and I was also at the skate park each day staying busy. What I've learned through the Program is that if you want to stay out of trouble, all you have to do is find something to keep you busy that you truly love. I also got a job in the stockroom at a winery. I'm currently trying to reach my goal of saving $5,000 before graduation. Now that I'm balancing a job, friends, and school, it has really matured me as a person. I came to learn that I don't need weed; all it's going to do is slow me down from reaching my goals. For a while it was really tough to quit. But, now that I have things going, I don't need it anymore. I really have learned a lot about myself in the Youth Diversion and Intervention Program and I would like to thank Heather Baker for being there at my time of need. It really turned me into a better person.
Male, age 16
I first started the Youth Diversion and Intervention Program when I was a sophomore. I was messing up real bad. I was initially on Diversion for assault and battery after I punched someone in the face. A couple of months later I got caught with weed at school. I was definitely a troubled kid and left my parents with the option of me being sent away. That was a real wake-up call in my life. Through the Youth Diversion and Intervention Program I buckled down in school, got decent grades, stayed out of trouble and decreased my marijuana use.
Calistoga school-based Club:
Calistoga Elementary School
1327 Berry Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
Unit Director: Greg Bouillerce
Heather also organizes and runs the "Every 15 Minutes" anti-drunk driving program at St. Helena and Calistoga High Schools. Our thanks to the first responders, CHP, school personnel, chaplains, videographers, speakers, police and fire departments, actors and volunteers for making this program such a great and life-changing success.
Heather Baker works with the local courts, the St. Helena and Calistoga School Districts and City Police Departments, assisting at-risk youth and minor first-time offenders. Those young people may have the option of entering into the Program's system and contract over a period of weeks and months to achieve educational, personal responsibility and community service goals.
Youth Diversion and Intervention Program
Heather Baker, Director 707-696-1437
Administrative Office and St. Helena Clubhouse:
1420 Tainter Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
Unit Director: Ash Clements
In 2016, a total of 225 teens went through the YDI program. 316 more students participated in the DARE, bullying prevention and gang prevention programs presented by Director Heather Baker.
If you or a loved one need the services of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga's Youth Diversion and Intervention Program, please contact Heather at 707.696.1437. Email: Heather@bgcshc.org.
Youth Diversion and Intervention Director, Heather Baker, teaches a D.A.R.E. class at St. Helena Elementary School
Calistoga Teen Center:
Monhoff Center Annex
1505 Grant Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
Unit Director: Clint Ferrier
Youth who commit a criminal first offense may qualify for the Club's Youth Diversion and Intervention (YDI) Program.
Founded in 2006, this program provides voluntary support for youth and their families, so that young people may avoid becoming a "statistic" or "lost" in the juvenile justice system.
We are deeply grateful to the City of St. Helena, the City of Calistoga, the Calistoga Joint Unified School District and the St. Helena Unified School District for their support and participation.
Does the YDI Program produce results?
The following is an actual letter (edited for privacy) received from one of the Youth Diversion and Intervention Program participants:
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga