Some of the points made in the PowerPoint are as follows:
#1- Choices have Consequences
Scripture used: Proverbs 1:8-10
"Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you learned from your mother. Remember what they warned you about. Dear friends, if bad companions temp you, don't go along with them. It could cost you your freedom, friends and family."
#2- Life Behind the Fence
What a "good time" can lead to
Scripture used: Proverbs 14:22
"There's a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again- it can lead to a lot of problems. Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak".
#3- Victims of Crime. Think About Other People's Feelings
We want them to think of how it would fee to be a victim of crime. Has someone ever stole from you? Have you ever been bullied?
Scripture used: Matthew 7:12 - "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them..."
#4- Drugs and Alcohol Play a Major Part in Making Bad Decision. Risking Your Life is not Cool
This is where we discuss the problems that arise while using drugs and alcohol to have a so called good time.
Scripture used: Proverbs 20:1 - "Wine and beer make people lose control; they get loud and stumble around. And that is foolish."
#5- Choose Life! Change is Still Possible! Do What's Right and Have a Better Life!
Scripture used: Isaiah 1:19-20 - "If you listen to what I say, you will get the good things from this life. But if you refuse to listen and do your own thing, it can destroy you."
This was used to discuss changing in the way you act to have a better future.
The tour speaks volumes to those involved. They are able to see firsthand what a day behind the bars is like. The thought of having no privacy and loss of freedom is a big side to Reality Check. This is not a scared straight tour. This tour, called Project Right Turn, included three teenage peers talking to them on one of our tours about what led them to DJJ and how having the right friends and making good choices is the way to go.
Everyone is prepared for what they are getting ready to walk into before we walk in. There are no cell phones, no joking or playing around inside DJJ; with anyone. They are made to understand that what they are about to see is a result of what a so called good time can cost them.
After the tour the officers speak with the group and shake hands. This is sure to be something the youth will never forget.
Just ONE youth's testimony:
"Thanks for letting me come on the power point and tour trip. I had a really good time and realized that DJJ isn't a place for me. For anyone that matter. The things that I learned and stuck to me is, never take your parents for granted. Trust them and believe in them. They have been trough the same situations that we have been through and know how things can turn out. That our parents and other adults just like you guys want the best for us. The way that those juveniles are treated and have to privacy at all, is not the way I wanna live. I believe in God and I know that He has the best in store for me and my life. So I will stay out of DJJ and prison. So thankful for having you guys in my life and care a lot about me. Thank you so much."
16 Year Old Reality Check Participant