History

historyLearn about The DAY Program’s rich history and why the program is so effective.

The Developing Alabama Youth (DAY) Program is a United Way Agency and is licensed by the Department of Youth Services as a community-based day treatment facility for adolescents, ages 13-18, in Shelby County. The Program was established in 1982 by representatives from the Shelby County Juvenile Judicial System, the District Attorney’s office, and the Shelby County Board of Education as a preventative program to juvenile crime in Shelby County.

The DAY Program was honored by the U.S. Department of Justice with an award for outstanding achievement. The program has a proven track record with over 30 years of success. It has served as a model for other communities that wish to start such a program. The Tri-Systems Learning Center in Talladega County, the St. Clair County DAY Program, and the Salvation Army Youth Services FACE Program in Birmingham, are just a few of the programs based directly on The DAY Program’s structure. Requests for information on this highly successful program have come from 18 different states. In 1995,the DAY Program was named the most outstanding program in the state by the Alabama Juvenile Probation Officer’s Association.

Our Mission & Vision

To become the premier alternative educational and clinical services program
for at-risk youth in Shelby County, Alabama, by providing a pathway for success.