Prodigy is a research-based prevention and diversion program for at-risk youth ages 7-17.
Prodigy uses visual and performing arts as a way to reach over 3,000 youth (annually) who live in high-risk neighborhoods, or youth who have been diverted from the Juvenile Justice System.
Prodigy is among the best performing diversion programs, with a non-recidivism rate of 85-93% since program inception in 2000, and an overall average of 89%.
Research shows that Prodigy is equally effective in urban and rural settings, with an 85% completion rate for each.
Prodigy has been seen as a national model for diversion programming by leading practitioners and researchers for several years. This view is supported by both fiscal and scientific analysis.
- Fidelity of programming is provided through behavior based curriculum and performance measures.
- Prodigy teaches core self-regulation skills: Anger Management, Problem Solving and Communication.
- Classes are designed to explore and creatively express thoughts, feelings and values.
- Research discloses that Prodigy youth show:
- Improvement in ability to control behavior, affective responsiveness and academic self-efficacy.
- Significant decrease in anger, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and somatic problems.
- Reduced risk behaviors and mental health symptoms.
Current cost analysis shows Prodigy to be among the lowest cost prevention and diversion programs at an average of $1,577 per youth, even when all costs are included. Prodigy also saves the state of Florida additional expenses that are often accrued through juvenile crime and delinquency, while decreasing the risk of youth going further into the DJJ system.