Winds of Change:

Who do we serve? At-risk teenagers from the ages of 12 to 17  

What are the hours of operation? This program is a work program (currently operating on weekends) that began in July 2001.  The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.  

What is the purpose of the program? The program was designed to be an immediate cause and effect provision of a negative consequence for adjudicated youth as well as a deterrent for future delinquency.  

How many teens do we serve? The program will serve 12-15 teens a weekend and will provide services for a minimum of 45 weekends of 16 hours a weekend for each. The total amount of hours served should range from 8640 to 10,800 hours served.  The total amount of teens served should range from 540 to 675.  

How are we supported? Crossroads Foundation, Inc. is partially supported through a contract for services with Forsyth County Juvenile Court.  Additional resources include community and individual donations to help fund the shelter and provide supplies needed.  At some point, we hope to have the money to cover all of the expenses and possibly hire staff. There is no fee to participants or their families. 

Additional Information:                                                                                                                                

  • This program is a pass/fail program. The teen is given a list of rules and regulations along with an example of a report card.
  • Although this program was created to provide a consequence to delinquent behavior, it adds a therapeutic aspect by utilizing rescued animals as well as the outdoor farm atmosphere.

Real Life:

What is the Real Life program? Crossroads Foundation, Inc. is a charitable organization providing life skills training to at-risk teens through animal assisted growth and experiential learning exercises with rescued animals.  Real Life is a six (6) part series of weekends designed to provide today’s youth with the necessary life skills needed in order to survive in today’s world.  

Georgia Drop-Out Rate: The state of Georgia continues to have a high drop out ratio of High School students leaving our statistics of graduates at approximately 72%.  Crossroads Foundation, Inc. designed the Real Life program to afford teens the tools needed for a successful and independent future, especially those who are not apt to complete high school.  

The topics covered in this program offer an in-depth look at the following topics:  

  • Goals: Setting, short-term/long-term, etc.
  • Employment: Applications, interviewing, laws, etc.
  • Budgeting: Checking, savings, credit, etc.
  • Decision Making
  • Health, hygiene, and addiction information
  • Introduction to automotive maintenance 

SMART Program:

What does SMART stand for?                                                                                                               

  • Social Skills - getting your needs met
  • Moral Reasoning - right vs. wrong
  • Aggression -  constructive anger management 
  • Replacement
  • Training

Facilitator's Qualifications: Executive Director Becki Jo Sowers was trained by Christopher Hayes, Quality Assurance Specialist for the Washington State ART program (SWART). Mr. Hayes was instrumental in the research, collection of data and quality assurance making this an evidence based program.   

What is an "Evidence Based Program" (EBP)?  Programs recognized as evidence-based have demonstrated the highest level of evidence of effectiveness. EBPs, if implemented with adherence to the program developer’s model, are likely to produce positive youth outcomes. 

About EBPs: Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is a specific form of training that is often implemented through juvenile courts and the juvenile justice system. It was studied by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP). Crossroads Foundation, Inc. has named the program S.M.A.R.T. 

Program Description ART is a cognitive behavioral intervention consisting of three individual classes per week for ten weeks. The first class each week is Social Skills Training or Skill streaming. Social Skills Training was originally developed by Dr. Arnold Goldstein in the 1970s. During each Social Skills Training class, the participants learn an individual Social Skill which has defined Skill Steps. The class is designed to use a “Tell, Show, Do, Feedback” method of skill instruction. The Skill Trainers first describe the Social Skill and the Skill Steps (Tell). The Skill Trainers then demonstrate the Social Skill using an adolescent situation (Show). The Skill Trainees then each Practice the Social Skill using a situation they could encounter the following week (Do). Following each Practice the practicing Trainee receives Performance Feedback from the group (Feedback). Each Trainee is then assigned Homework and required to Practice the new Social Skill in a real-life situation during the following week. After practicing the Social Skill, the Trainee reports back to the group how well the Skill was implemented and the results of their Practice.  Anger Control Training is the second component of SMART. It is a sequence of classes originally developed by Dr. Eva Feindler. The course teaches the Trainees that anger is a normal emotion. It emphasizes the development and maintenance of Personal Power through constructive anger management. The Anger Control Chain (Triggers, Body Signs, Anger Reducers, Reminders, Thinking Ahead, Social Skill and Self-Evaluation) are taught incrementally using the same Tell, Show, Do, Feedback techniques used in the Social Skills Training classes. Homework for this class is the Hassle Log which was developed by Dr. Feindler.   Moral Reasoning is a structured discussion group developed by Dr. John C. Gibbs. It is based on the ideas of Piaget and Kohlberg. The Trainees are first taught four cognitive distortions or thinking errors commonly used by adolescents and others to justify anti-social behavior. During the group the Trainees discuss a moral reasoning dilemma. The dilemmas generally have a self-center individual who has created an issue for the central character. The development of Moral Maturity is encouraged through discussion between the more Mature Moral Reasoners and the less Mature Moral Reasoners. The Trainer’s function in this group is to orchestrate the discussion so the Less Mature Reasoners can understand the perspective of the More Mature Reasoners 


    CHOICES is a form of training that is implemented through Crossroads Foundation, Inc. It was derived from a program known as ART which was studied by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP). ART is an evidence based program which was proven to work in reducing delinquent behavior. CHOICES not an evidence based program however, the components taught in this program are directly derived from ART.   

CHOICES is a cognitive behavioral intervention consisting of two individual classes per night, once a week for 8 weeks.