About Boys Republic
Since 1907, Boys Republic has worked with one of society’s least served yet most socially significant populations — troubled teenagers. The survivors of childhood abuse, abandonment, serious family dysfunction or other trauma, they have reached a transitional phase in their lives — their maturation into adulthood — primed to fail. By the time they are referred to Boys Republic through the juvenile court system, most are significantly behind in their education, have become self-destructive in their personal habits and are under-socialized in their attitudes and acts. The majority come with histories of previous, unsuccessful placement in foster homes, other residential agencies, or both.
As a “program of last resort” — a last chance before incarceration — Boys Republic and its companion program Girls Republic have established an extraordinary record of success with such young people. Founded on the principles of individual responsibility and self-respect, the nationally-regarded Boys Republic program gives its students a formal high school education, broad-based vocational training, extensive professional guidance and — very significantly — meaningful work that lets them learn the demands and enjoy the rewards of earning part of their own way. Children who arrive apparently destined to lead lives of social dependence, long-term placement or even incarceration, instead graduate back into society with the attitudes, education, and skills to become responsible, contributing citizens.
To ensure disadvantaged teenagers return to the community as free of difficulty as possible, Boys Republic and Girls Republic provide aftercare services to students who have completed our programs. Through guidance, education, and various forms of scholarship support, the Aftercare Program seeks to remove any obstacles that might act as a hindrance to our graduates’ success.
Recently, Boys Republic formalized an additional program that assists deserving graduates by continuing their training in skills for independence. Called the Apprenticeship Program, it creates paid entry-level positions for graduates to acquire the good work habits and specific job skills that prepare them for meaningful employment. At our main Chino Hills campus, young men and women can become apprentices in our bakery, kitchen, or 200-acre farm and grounds. Apprentices train on the job and acquire real-world work experience so they can earn their own way in the community.
Boys Republic‘s Philosophy
Over a century of finding better ways to help at-risk youth has convinced Boys Republic that teenagers thrive on responsibility. Here are four cornerstones of the philosophy that sets Boys Republic apart from other youth-serving agencies.
At Boys Republic, they make every effort to avoid relieving youth of the responsibility and burden of making decisions and managing their own lives. Require them to be accountable for their behavior, their attitudes and even their mistakes and they, in turn, will act responsibly. Set clear expectations and provide relevant learning opportunities — troubled teens will develop the skills and outlook to become contributing, self-reliant members of our communities.
The Group Is the Target of Change
At Boys Republic, student government and daily group counseling provide the forum within which troubled youth may experience the challenges and rewards of responsible living. Conventional values flourish in a setting where students can openly examine their behavior and have an active voice in determining the norms by which they live.
Earning Self-Esteem Through Personal Accomplishment
Self-esteem is earned one accomplishment at a time and cannot simply be prescribed therapeutically. Through instruction and practical application, Boys Republic youth follow a structured program of learning opportunities in academics, work experience, student government and group interaction. Each personal accomplishment is an important step earned toward responsible adulthood and self-reliance.
Nothing Without Labor
Boys Republic’s motto is “Nothing Without Labor”. Their goal is to teach disadvantaged teenagers good work habits, which are essential for successful employment. Punctuality, cooperativeness with others, diligence, care for tools and equipment, and ability to take direction from a supervisor are all habits that may be transferred from Boys Republic to any job in the community. These habits are reinforced in multiple vocational training environments so that soft skills combine with specific training and instruction to make Boys Republic graduates an asset to any employer.
Boys Republic Programs
Boys Republic’s main campus is located in Chino Hills, California. Students live in cottages of 25, within an open and sprawling 200-acre farm and school. The self-contained campus offers multidisciplinary treatment for teenagers in need of highly structured supervision. An on-grounds high school, vocational preparedness and work experience programs, athletics and Boys Republic’s famous student government leadership training keep the young residents busy and productive.
Day Treatment/ Early Intervention
Intensive day treatment provides at-risk youth with an educational program, supervised after-school activities, transportation to and from school and family counseling. Youth continue to live at home while engaging in an intensive daily treatment program designed to address the issues that had created problems for them at home, school and in the community. Research has shown that our day treatment programs are as effective as residential placement at less than one-third the cost while maximizing family and community engagement.
Community-based satellite programs are ideal for students who can benefit from 24-hour supervision and treatment while in a smaller, less-restrictive setting. These programs, located in the communities of Santa Ana, Los Angeles and Pomona, each accommodate 8 – 10 boys. Girls Republic, in Monrovia, has a capacity of 8 girls. All provide the same broad array of services as Boys Republic’s main campus program.
There are many challenges facing the troubled young people of Boys Republic and Girls Republic. One of the most difficult is the transition to home – either to parents and family or to life on their own. The task of finding a job and apartment, enrolling in school, or family problems can place a graduating student at risk of failure.
During students’ first twelve months after graduation, Boys Republic provides its students Aftercare Program services. A few of the elements of the program include community resource counseling, aftercare assistance rewards, family reunification counseling, and medical/ dental care.
Transitional housing is for adults ages 18-21 who have completed Boys Republic’s Independent Living Program (ILP), and are willing to abide by apartment guidelines. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for Boys Republic graduates to live in a subsidized apartment setting while practically applying life skills, gaining job experience and completing a vocational training program.
Success is earned. This simple truth provides the foundation for many of Boys Republic’s programs. But nowhere is it more closely practiced than in the agency’s Independent Living Program. Many youth in placement – particularly those without strong family and community ties – are not prepared for the sudden transition to adulthood. They often lack the knowledge or self-assurance to perform such survival tasks as applying for a job, leasing an apartment or managing a budget. The Independent Living Program (ILP) at Boys Republic provides youth approaching adulthood with the skills they need to function on their own. Through instruction and practical application, youth follow a graduated series of real-life challenges. Each success is an important step toward acquiring the skills and attitudes to become self-reliant.
Boys Republic has multiple vocational programs that help youth develop the skills they need to succeed. These programs include a student bakery, landscaping, culinary classes and masonry classes. These classes prepare students for entry-level positions in their field of choice.
Boys Republic + Exym EHR Software
Boys Republic has been an Exym customer for many years. David Palmer of Boys Republic said, “We chose Exym because of its reputation for stability in performance. Residential care is a high stress environment and we did not want to add to that stress with a electronic health record that was frequently down or unreliable. We have been pleased with the dependability of Exym. This has allowed us to put the focus on the youth we serve.”
Exym is proud to offer reliable, dependable software that supports the important mission of agencies like Boys Republic.
We also asked Dave what he would tell other agencies who are considering Exym. He said “Exym has been a reliable EHR for us with friendly customer service. We have appreciated the effort Exym has put into being at the forefront of innovation in the industry and helping to keep us informed and prepared for the ever-changing world of health management.”
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