WHO WE ARE
Second Chance is an educational program for Arlington middle and high school students to help them avoid using alcohol, drugs and certain other substances. Second Chance is not treatment or therapy. Students showing signs of early substance use will benefit most from attending Second Chance. Students who are found to be under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and/or certain other substances may be diverted to Second Chance in lieu of school suspension by Arlington Public Schools or prosecution by Arlington County Juvenile Courts. Parents who are concerned about or see signs of early substance use can refer their teen, and teens can refer themselves. Participation in Second Chance is confidential. Second Chance is a collaborative community effort that includes students, parents/guardians, school administrators, police, the juvenile justice system, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and non-profit partners. It is a program of the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families Foundation, a private charitable and educational organization.
"Second Chance taught me to think before acting."
"Second Chance opened my eyes to the reality of drug use and helped me learn more."
"Second Chance saved me from messing my life up from a simple mistake."
"Second Chance taught me how my decisions now can change my future."
"I learned how to say "no" at Second Chance."
"Second Chance is a great opportunity for teens that could be life-saving. We're lucky to have this program in Arlington."
"A good program with useful information. It forces you to talk to your teen about their behavior, even if just for a bit."
"Second Chance gives teens a wake-up call and a chance to start over by making better decisions."
"I liked being able to see and hear what the kids shared in their three days and learning about the approach the instructors used."
"I like I’m not alone."