Graduated Incentives Program

About the Program

The Graduated Incentives Program (GRIP) and Building Unlimited Opportunities for Youth (BUOY) form a combined program that strives to reduce juvenile delinquency and encourage continued progress through recognition of positive behaviors via incentives and rewards.

Additionally, the program seeks to provide new opportunities and positive pro-social experiences for at-risk and delinquent youth, while encouraging and teaching appropriate public behaviors and life skills.

The GRIP provides broad-based incentives to juveniles, who are under the supervision of the JCSU, as a reward or recognition for positive behavior in the community.

The BUOY Program benefits and provides opportunities in a positive atmosphere for youth who may be disadvantaged or living in an environment without opportunities for growth and new experiences.

Program Objectives

GRIP / BUOY Program objectives include:

  • Increased positive behavior through rewards, recognition and new experiences
  • Enhance self-esteem through praise, motivation and encouragement
  • Encourage appropriate social, communication and leadership skills
  • Establish / encourage rapport and communication between juveniles and authority figures
  • Teach appropriate public behaviors and leisure skills to replace negative behaviors
  • Reduce the frequency and severity of future offenses

Target Population

The target population is youth between ages of 12 and 17 who fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Juveniles on supervised probation
  • Youths in the Diversion Program
  • Youth placed at the Loudoun Youth Shelter
  • Supervised Release Program youth
  • Parole and aftercare youth
  • Unofficial youth via juvenile intake


Incentives for behavior based rewards, should be based on any or several of the following:

  • Thirty days early completion of all court ordered requirements
  • Thirty days early completion of community service
  • Two months of good behavior with no violations
  • Improved grades
  • Obtaining and maintaining gainful employment
  • Maintaining a pattern of clean drug screens
  • Improved family participation
  • Involvement in approved extracurricular activities

There are many different incentives and outings available for rewards. Examples of these include a trip to a:

  • Bowling
  • Museum or sporting event
  • Rock wall climbing
  • Skating rink
  • Theatre or movie

More Information

For more information, contact the Juvenile Court Service Unit at 703-777-0303.