This community-based program provides micro-interventions for Columbus’s most vulnerable, at-risk youth serving young people ages 13-21 and their families who have experienced community and or gun violence. ReRoute provides micro-interventions and trauma-focused services that seek to:

  • Empower youth, family and communities with intensive wrap around services
  • Address survival and trauma reactions by increasing coping skills and replacement thinking
  • Build resiliency by creating a shared understanding of how at-risk behavior is often rooted in trauma
  • Connect families to resources and intervention strategies that focus on trauma interventions, conflict resolution and family engagement

Program Cornerstones

  • Youth Intervention: Evidence-based counseling, case management, conflict resolution and mediation
  • Family Engagement and Parental Support: Evidence-based counseling, employment and resource linkage
  • Community Outreach and Programming: Antiviolence events, parent support groups, trauma-focused groups, community grief and healing

Why ReRoute is Important

  • Homicide is the leading cause of death for African American males ages 15-24.
  • 93% of youth involved in the juvenile justice system report one or more traumatic experiences.
  • 9% of students missed at least one day of school in the previous month because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to/from school.
  • 61% of children are affected by violence, abuse or crime; this increases the risk for depression, academic problems, violent behavior, substance use, delinquency, teen pregnancy and emotional-behavioral challenges.

Source: CDC, 2020