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  Vineland Preparatory Academy  
  2000 Maple Avenue
Vineland NJ 08361
Clinton Tilden, Superintendent
Richard Jackson, Assistant Superintendent
Phone: (856) 696-6624
Fax: (856) 696-6658
  Vineland Prep Academy services up to 60 adjudicated juvenile males identified with substance abuse involvement, placed through the Juvenile Justice Commission’s classification process and the statewide Family Court system. The overall program is designed to promote emotional intelligence, reframe self-destructive belief systems, develop coping skills and create self-efficacy. The program teaches juveniles with substance abuse involvement to gradually understand the impact that substance abuse had on their lives and those around them. The program offers a cognitive behavior, social learning curriculum (New Freedom) to work on the various issues that led to their incarceration.
The program’s career/technology educational component includes; a Computer Lab, Culinary Arts, Career Education and Horticultural/Landscaping. We operate greenhouses that grow seasonal crops and ornamental harvests. Our students cultivate flowers and ornamental trees and distribute them as part of their community service to the City of Vineland, Cumberland County, local hospitals and to the Office of the Attorney General.

Our residents participate in the Juvenile Justice Commission’s (JJC’s) Restorative Justice Program. Both the Speakers Bureau and Victim’s Impact program teach residents to learn the interconnectedness of communities. Residents learn to give back to their communities as a way to correct the wrongs they have done. The Restorative Justice staff works with residents to improve public speaking skills, thus enabling them to present themselves in a positive manner to diverse populations. In their presentations they encourage community youth to adopt healthy lifestyles and to value their education. Through this process, residents are empowered to share their experiences in a manner that builds their self- esteem and self- confidence. It also affords them the opportunity to give back in a positive light to the community. Residents are also trained to participate in landscaping projects, thus engage in various community service projects as a means of community service.
Vineland Prep Academy provides a safe atmosphere for youth to learn and grow through education, job readiness, spiritual development and substance abuse treatment. The program implements a schedule of community activities that offer healthy alternative experiences to the negative lifestyle they were accustomed to.
Vineland Prep Academy has a transitional component that is designed to serve up to a total of 15 adjudicated youth, starting at sixteen (16) years of age. We will assist each youth by providing a continuum of services designed to meet their aftercare needs as outlined by the New Jersey State Parole Board, Juvenile Parole & Transitional Services, the sending Community Program and the resident himself.
Included is a Step-Up component designed to address and assist youth who are at risk of violating parole. Youth are reviewed through a case review process and will then be permitted to return for Step Up status for a period of 14 – 30 days.
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