The L.A. Model: Changing young lives at Campus Kilpatrick from Los Angeles County Newsroom on Vimeo.


In Malibu, the first 15 young men at Campus Kilpatrick celebrated the completion of an intensive 16-week rehabilitation program emphasizing education, counseling and vocational training guided by a trauma-informed and child-centered approach.

Campus Kilpatrick is the flagship location of the “L.A. Model” — our research-based, rehabilitative juvenile justice approach based on best practices gathered from across the nation.

Youth are housed in cottages, not military-style barracks and learn to work cooperatively. With a much lower staff-to-youth ratio and programming that emphasizes education, counseling and vocational training guided by a trauma-informed child-centered approach, Kilpatrick is center stage for this new research-based model that utilizes a therapeutic and holistic approach to juvenile behavioral rehabilitation.

Sheila Mitchell, L.A. County Probation Chief Deputy for Juvenile Services thanked the youth for their trust that staff did right for them each and every day and implored the young men to trust that they have all the tools needed to do well when they leave Campus Kilpatrick.

“Know that you are not alone when you return back to your community,” said Mitchell. “It might be hard when you return home so reach out. Reach out to one of the staff that have been there for you over the last several months… We hope that you see Probation as part of your extended family that cares deeply about your well-being.”

Anthony, a youth at Campus Kilpatrick, spoke on behalf of the other young men in the first cohort about how they were treated with dignity, respect and care by the staff at Campus Kilpatrick. While at Campus Kilpatrick, Anthony has earned 3 credits toward college and has ambitions to attend college and eventually get a master’s degree.

“Campus Kilpatrick gave us a lot of opportunities,” said Anthony. “It is a place to move us on into the future. It is not a place to punish us…This place has taught us how to be a community.” To close out the ceremony, Anthony sang a heartfelt rendition of the song “Adios Amor” by Christian Nodal.