ERIC Number: ED404421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Intervening with High-Risk Youth. Preliminary Findings from the Children-at-Risk Program. National Institute of Justice Research Preview.
The Children-at-Risk program (CAR), a drug and delinquency prevention program, targets high-risk adolescents aged 11 to 13 who live in distressed neighborhoods. The program features integrated delivery of comprehensive services that are tailored to the community and involve close collaboration with other services providers. The Urban Institute is conducting an outcome evaluation of the program's impact on school performance, family functioning, delinquent behavior, and substance abuse. The CAR program focuses on small, high-risk geographic areas. Case management of the entire family is the heart of the program, with each family having a case manager to assess needs and supply each family member with appropriate services. The education component is critical. The full evaluation will examine CAR programs in five cities. These preliminary results are for 228 youths from the following cities: (1) Austin (Texas); (2) Bridgeport (Connecticut); (3) Memphis (Tennessee); and (4) Seattle (Washington). Results from these cities indicate that youth in the CAR program had fewer contacts with police and the courts and had higher rates of school attendance and promotion than control groups. There was also evidence of declines in neighborhood crime in CAR neighborhoods in three of the four cities. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.