ERIC Number: ED083526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
The Challenge of Youth Service Bureaus.
Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
This publication is the report of a study of the nationwide youth services bureau effort undertaken by the youth authority of California at the request of the Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention Administration in 1971. Questionnaires (dealing with types of program, organization, program administration, funding, staff, clients, and primary objectives) were returned from 222 of the 262 agencies contacted. Surveys findings conclude that, although bureaus are widespread, their conceptual bases and funding levels have not been sufficient in scope to make much difference in the way that our society deals with troubled youth. However, there is evidence that youth services bureaus have pioneered programs that are changing ways in which their own communities provide such services, which is encouraging for the future of the bureau concept. The report suggests these principles for the implementation of a youth service bureau: (1) organization and program must remain flexible in order to respond to a community's unique needs and unanticipated problems; (2) programs must deal with the community power structure, including those believing in a punitive and deterrant course of action; (3) programs must be real substitutes for other courses of action; (4) programs must use the favorable public bias toward children to its fullest advantage; and (5) programs must provide for evaluation and research. The report also points out that staff is the single most important ingredient of the youth service bureau. (Author/EAK)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Crime, Delinquency, Delinquency Prevention, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Juvenile Courts, Social Services, Surveys, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (#1766-00012 , $0.50)
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Authoring Institution: Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.