19480 Rose Canyon Road Trabuco Canyon, CA. 92678 (949) 635-2600 View Map
The Joplin Youth Center is a juvenile correctional facility which provides residential treatment for teenage boys ages 13 to 16. It is located in a rustic setting in the midst of oak groves in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains at the 1,800-foot elevation. Originally established as the Joplin Boys Ranch in 1956, the Orange County Probation Department operates the facility, which has a maximum capacity of 64 boys who are serving commitments ordered by Juvenile Court. Boys sent to Joplin typically have 30 to 90 days remaining on their Juvenile Court commitments. Youths assist in maintaining the site and providing services by working in the kitchen, doing laundry, performing custodial work, and other duties. Off-site, Joplin minors undertake supervised community projects which include graffiti removal, assisting in a physical therapy program for severely handicapped children, and maintaining a portion of Whiting Wilderness Park. The school day at Joplin consists of five 55-minute classes in which the boys work on individualized courses of instruction. They also receive special education classes, employment training, library access, and math tutoring as needed. Rehabilitation is stressed along with academics at Joplin. Joplin staff and the Orange County Health Care Agency provide counseling for boys who have abused drugs or alcohol. Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous hold meetings on-site on a weekly or every-other-week basis.
Teenagers working in the garden
Joplin staff instruct minors daily in topics such as gang violence intervention, anger management and parenting skills. Individual psychological counseling is also available from trained psychologists. Each youth is assigned to a staff member who tracks his progress and needs. Classes are also provided in speech and physical fitness. Volunteers offer a variety of added services, such as Bible study, worship services, tutoring, and crafts. Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Sundays. Families may attend case reviews involving their children and can meet in family counseling sessions with Joplin staff. Youths also learn individual responsibility and citizenship at Joplin. The goal of the Joplin program is to help these young men avoid future law violations, gain self-worth, and be productive citizens.