Allegheny County Programs

Kids At Risk Effort (KARE)

Outreach has been providing services to youth involved with Juvenile Court since 1984.  The KARE program focuses on providing education on anger management, life skills and alcohol & drug abuse to youths in Allegheny County that have been identified as high risk.  We hope through the intervention of our experienced, Master’s degree level counselors that the youth involved with KARE have more skills to make better decisions in their lives.  Their Juvenile Probation Officers make the referral to Outreach –  a counselor sees the youth for six to 12 sessions based on the recommendations of the Probation Officer and the needs of the child.  Due to funding from Allegheny County, the youth involved receive services for free.

Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

A 30 hour intervention program to help adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior.  The program specifically targets chronically aggressive youth who have been referred by the Allegheny County juvenile justice system.  Two Master’s degree level counselors facilitate this group three times per year at the Southern Probation Office in Pittsburgh.

Participants’ Quotes:

“I haven’t been angry for weeks, not even irritated.”

At the start of one ART program, a student said, “I don’t care about ANYBODY.”  During the seventh week of the program, the same student said, “Where is Michelle [another participant]? I was just wondering if she is okay.”




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