Second Chance is a three-day early intervention education program offered to Arlington teens who are caught for the first time by school staff, the police or their parents in possession of or under the influence of alcohol and/or substances.
The program includes a mandatory parent component on the third day of the program and a booster session for teens and parents/guardians approximately six weeks after completion of the three-day program. Participation in Second Chance is available to middle and high school youth (grades 6-12) who reside in and attend Arlington County Public Schools, or whose parents reside in Arlington County.
Second Chance is the result of widespread community support spearheaded by Partnerships for a Healthier Arlington. It is a collaborative community effort that includes students, parents/guardians, school administrators, police, the juvenile justice system, and health and medical professionals. Program developers conducted focus groups, met with other jurisdictions, and engaged students, counselors, teachers and school officials, the judicial system, public health and public safety officials, the Commonwealth’s Attorney and, most importantly, parents.
Second Chance partners include Arlington Public Schools; Arlington County Government—Police, Fire and Human Services; Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Courts; the Partnership for a Healthier Arlington; the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families; the Arlington READY Coalition; The Century Council and Northern Virginia Family Services.
Funding Sources - The Arlington County Board appropriated $130,000 for this two-year pilot program (FY 2012-13). The Century Council contributed $50,000. The Century Council, a national, independent, not-for-profit organization headquartered in Arlington and funded by distillers, is a leader in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol. Arlington’s READY Coalition contributed $20,000 for the evaluation component of the program.