ERIC Number: ED292919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
State Governments and At-Risk Youth: The Critical Link.
deLone, Richard H.
This report shows how and why state governments must take the lead in solving the debilitating problems of high risk youth. These young persons will fail to become productive citizens without special interventions to improve their educational, occupational, and social skills. The basic problem is defined and research on effective responses is summarized. State governments are in the best position to provide coherent, coordinated policies for the development of these interventions. Substantial funding is a must. As states gain influence over federal dollars which support services for at risk youth, and as they provide local funding for youth services, they can assemble substantial legal and fiscal tools to provide services which few municipalities could create. Obstacles, such as the lack of interest by political leaders, have impeded progress in this area. Some recent initiatives have been successful. They have the following characteristics in common: (1) a state level coordinating mechanism; (2) incentives for local participation and creative leveraging of state resources; and (3) encouragement of local creativity within well-crafted guidelines. (VM)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Community Services, Crisis Intervention, High Risk Persons, Interpersonal Competence, Program Budgeting, Program Design, Public Policy, State Action, State Aid, State Government, Urban Problems, Youth Programs
The Communications Department, Public/Private Ventures, 399 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.