Residential Living

Maximizing Autonomy Through Empowerment and Productivity

Embracing nature and the great outdoors, TDP youth will be living in rustic, riverside, lodging situated along the scenic Allegheny River in Tionesta, PA. The ambiance of this setting is inviting, soothing and elicits a sense of care and contentment.

Our Independent Living Program will provide services and care for males and females ages 14 through 21, who meet any of the following criteria:

  • are dependent and/or homeless
  • have committed minor status/delinquent offenses that require services in an out-of-home setting
  • have been released from an alternative-to-secure, secure, or long term residential placement
  • are in need of independent living skills while receiving minimal supervision
  • are struggling in their current family environment
  • are/have been involved with foster care
  • are experiencing emotional, behavioral, psychological, educational, or social problems
  • warrant special consideration regardless of age or need

We are rooted in balanced and restorative justice principles and offer youth multiple vocational and job readiness opportunities. Our local community resources provide community service and restitution opportunities as well. The unique application of programming assists in instilling civic mindedness while strengthening families and communities. Programming is mindful of gender responsive needs and trauma related behaviors of concern.

Program Admission:

Residents of the program will be those who have been identified and referred through the following:

  • family or self
  • schools
  • court systems
  • Children and Youth Services
  • other

Youth may participate in the program for an average of 4-6 months. Ages may vary and special consideration by placing county agencies may be reviewed at their request. Services are individualized and will be customized based on agency/individual needs.

Program objectives include but are not limited to:
  • providing safe, long term residential services
  • guiding youth in making responsible decisions
  • increasing self-confidence, self-discipline, and dignity
  • promoting responsible behaviors and attitude
  • teaching personal accountability
  • developing independent living skills
  • recovering from educational deficits
  • reducing delinquency
  • strengthening career exploration/vocational/educational skill sets
  • developing positive family relationships
Admission Criteria
  • Males or females between the ages of 14 and 21 years old.
  • The youth must meet the criteria established under 55 PA Code, Section 3800.
  • Youth must be in need of temporary placement pending court approval of future treatment/living arrangements.
  • The child is pre-adjudicated and awaiting his/her court appearance to determine further disposition and has been placed into shelter by the court pending such disposition.
  • Be in good health and free of illness, injury, or intoxication.
  • Be mentally stable (not in need of psychiatric care)
  • Behaviorally stable enough to live in a safe and controlled manner.

Through our diversion programs, TDP provides experiences that give youth the opportunities they need to increase their chances for success and the necessary skills to better manage their risks through strength enhancement.

What others are saying…

  • Taylor Diversion Program not only addresses the development of competencies necessary for a successful transition to living independently in the community, but also includes a family component which assists in the rebuilding of relationships between family, caregivers, schools and communities, an area in which most of these youth have ‘broken many bridges’. Mentoring is a critical component of this program which will be an ongoing process throughout the stay.Children and Youth Services Representative
  • “After visiting the site and hearing the plans you have for TDP, I believe the types of programs and services that you propose to offer will fulfill an important need in the region. The intent of this mentoring program is to help at risk children develop the competencies needed to develop a successful lifestyle and assist in rebuilding relationships between family, caregivers, schools and communities.”Congressman
  • “I am firmly convinced that having this leadership and mentoring program in our area will have a very positive impact on our students, our schools, and our communities. It is discouraging to witness deteriorating behavior and performance in young people who we know have ample potential, but are not served adequately by the confines of public education. I know that the motivation behind Taylor Diversion Programs is to reach students before they head too far down the wrong path. Even at our small, rural high school, we encounter numerous students that become involved with juvenile probation, placement facilities, and/or incarceration during and after high school. Taylor Diversion Programs will create a scenario where caring adults can have a positive impact in preventing the patterns of negative behavior, rather than reacting to it after the fact.”-Guidance Counselor

Our Mission

TDP provides supportive prevention services for troubled youth and their families by using proven strategies in education, vocation, nature and wellness in order to create stronger, healthier communities.

Our Promise

As TDP grows, we will continue our commitment to exceed the expectations of the populations served; moreover, we will remain committed to treating every youth as family.

Multi-faceted Approach

TDP has created a unique,  four-dimensional Prevention/Intervention program for youth: 

Taylor Diversion Programs, Inc.© does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in the employment or in the provision of services.

TDP is a 501(c)(3) organization, fully licensed by PA 3800 regulations to operate a residential independent living program. We also have a private licensed school, through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Lighthouse Island Academy.