Neighborhood First Program, Inc.

About Us

Program Overview

Neighborhood First Program, Inc. is a private, non-profit, charitable, 501(c)3 organization providing  youth and young adults in the Bristol Borough, Bristol Township, Morrisville and Bensalem areas with outreach, mentoring, monitoring, and guidance services.
Since 2001, Neighborhood First Program, Inc. has been recognized as an important community resource and source of leadership by local youth systems, education departments and juvenile justice agencies. We take great pride in providing youth and young adults with the tools and support necessary for community involvement and long term success.


  • Mentoring
  • Structured Intensive Supervision
  • Family Education
  • Court Liaison
  • Competency Classes
  • Life Skills Education
  • Group Counseling
  • Tutoring/Homework Assistance
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Vocational/Career Development
  • Computer Training
  • Recreation
  • Truancy Prevention
  • Community Outreach
  • Community Service
  • Trailblazers Summer Camps
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Robotics Competition 
  • Social Ventures

Community Supporters & Collaboratives:

Bucks County Children & Youth
Bucks County Juvenile Probation
Bristol Township Community Collaborative
Bristol Borough Community Partnership
Career Link
Truancy Task Force Collaborative
Caring Communities
Bristol Township/Bristol Borough Schools
Freedom Neighborhood One
District Magistrates
Kids' Families


Neighborhood First Program opened its doors in October, 2001, and was incorporated in December 2004. James T. Wells, founder and Executive Director of The Neighborhood First Program, Inc., retired from the Bucks County Juvenile Detention Center after serving his community for over 30 years, including 20 as Deputy Director. He retired in order to create a program which would  address the needs of youth who were 'falling through the cracks' of the the juvenile justice system.  Neighborhood First Program, Inc. was created to provide corrective measures for area youth as a structured alternative prior to juvenile incarceration, fines and school expulsion.  The idea is that the problems facing youth are best dealt with in the "Neighborhood First." Since it's inception, Neighborhood First has flourished, thanks to the support of families, churches, community organizations, the Bucks County Juvenile Justice systems, local district judges, the Bristol Borough School District, the Bristol Township School District, police departments, and former and current congressional representatives.


To provide mentoring, monitoring and guidance to neighborhood youth. To promote positive goals and the means to achieve them by teaching the skills necessary to become productive adults.

Neighborhood First Program, Inc. seeks to become recognized in neighborhoods, townships, counties, and states as a positive influence on today's youth who may struggle with life's difficulties, and to be visible and active for "at risk youth" and assist them during periods of adjustment.