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    Diversion Program

    Overcoming Life’s Challenges Through Restoration NOT Punishment

What is a Diversion Program?

The Spring Green Educational Foundation (SGEF) Youth Diversion Program is a program which focuses on cognitive self-change, as well as problem solving skills.  Our program is designed to provide education and support in a holistic approach for the youth as well as their parents/guardians. Over the course of ten weeks, our families meet once a week.  A major component of our program is providing the tools to build stronger family relationships and enhance key communication skills.

The program uses multiple community resources which feature a variety of topics. These additional educational components include topics such as smoking, drug/alcohol abuse, safe use of social media and technology, and other current topics.

What Makes Our Diversion Program Unique?

Serving AOD Youth

Every youth enrolled in our program is required to submit to random drug testing.

If a youth has been referred to our program as a result of a substance use/abuse charge, they will complete an AOD assessment, and comply with assessment results.


While under contract, all youth are required to comply with the curfew rules as laid out by the contract.  Curfew checks are conducted by our Enforcement officer.

Community Service Hours

Youth are assigned community service hours during their intake. This gives them the opportunity to give back to their community, but to be a part of it as well.


Unlike other Diversion programs that focus solely on youth, Spring Green's program works with both youth and parents simultaneously.  Parents know every week the skills and subjects their youth are learning about while gaining tools on creating family connection and communication that has proven extremely successful and effective.

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For Youth

These classes utilize much of the highly successful Thinking for Change program curriculum, adapting it to meet the needs of the group dynamics. Youth are provided activities and opportunities to identify their thinking patterns, how these impact their life and given tools on how to change their patterns to healthier, productive decisions.

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For Parents

Trained facilitators lead a 10 week program based on the national Parent Project. Classes run simultaneously with the youth program, educating and equipping parents on how to successfully help their teen change destructive behaviors.

Our Diversion Staff

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    Amy Clark
    Parent Project Facilitator & Youth Facilitator

    If you really knew me... you would know that my heart has always had a passion for restoration and healing. This has presented itself in many ways throughout my life. View full bio »

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    Brayson Smith
    Youth Facilitator

    If you really knew me I love working with the youth because I wish I had outlets like spring green growing up. If you really knew me you would know I have a wife and two kids. I have a 5 year old that is the light of my life and is the funniest person I know. View full bio »

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    Nickie Plontz
    Parent Project Facilitator

    Nicki loves long walks on the beach or long runs through the woods... she's not picky! She is a perfectly imperfect mother of two. View full bio »

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    Amanda Crosby

    Amanda has been involved with the Youth Diversion Program since 2013 as a staff member. Amanda was a guest presenter prior to her joining the staff. View full bio »

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    Logan Buchanon
    Diversion Staff

    Logan sees there are plenty of paths in life that are walked alone. He sees the path of Diversion as not one of those. View full bio »

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    Dawn Taylor
    Parent Project Facilitator/Youth Facilitator

    If you really knew me… you would know ever since I was a child I felt called to be a voice for those who have lost theirs. View full bio »

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    Richard Bingham
    Diversion Staff

    Richard is currently the Chief of Police for Waterville Township. He has been in law enforcement for over 31 yrs. View full bio »

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    Jeff Streeter
    Program Social Worker

    Jeffrey was born, raised and lives in Toledo, Ohio. He grew up no different than some of the other kids in the city and at the other end of the spectrum from most. View full bio »

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    Bobbie-Jo Newman
    Enforcement Officer/Youth Facilitator

    Bobbie's goal is to lead the youth by setting a good example, to be great leaders; and make a difference in the community. View full bio »

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