ERIC Number: ED408666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Truancy: First Step to a Lifetime of Problems.
Garry, Eileen M.; And Others
Juvenile Justice Bulletin, Oct 1996
Truancy is a major problem in the United States that can have negative effects on the futures of young people. Truancy may lead to dropping out of school; may be a precursor to delinquent and criminal activity; and places students at higher risk of being drawn into behaviors involving drugs, alcohol, or violence. Furthermore, truancy has high costs to society. This brief describes seven promising programs that have developed a coordinated response to reduce truancy and juvenile delinquency. All of the initiatives emphasize the need to intensively monitor, counsel, and strengthen the families and communities of truant and delinquent youth. They also recognize that parents must be involved and held responsible for the children's school attendance. The following seven programs are described: (1) Truancy Habits Reduced Increasing Valuable Education (THRIVE) in Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma; (2) the At School, On Time, Ready to Work program in Neosho County, Kansas; (3) Project Helping Hand in Atlantic County, New Jersey; (4) the Ramsey County Truancy and Curfew Violation Center program in St. Paul, Minnesota; (5) the Truancy Reduction Program in Kern City, California; (6) the Save Kids Partnership in Peoria, Arizona; and (7) a curfew program in Chaves County, New Mexico. A list of resources and contact information are included. (Contains 10 endnotes.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.