ERIC Number: ED416296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Mobilizing Communities To Prevent Juvenile Crime. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Bownes, Donna; Ingersoll, Sarah
Through Title V Incentive Grants for Local Delinquency Prevention Programs (Community Prevention Grants), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) allocated $20 million in fiscal year 1997 to states to complement law enforcement and justice system efforts by helping local communities foster strong families and nurture law-abiding and healthy children. Local communities, most of which are in urban areas, are using Community Prevention Grants and matching funds to develop research-based delinquency prevention programs. These programs demonstrate that the key to effective prevention lies in reducing risk factors for delinquency in a child's life and putting protective factors in place. Community Prevention Grants do this by providing three critical ingredients for success: (1) a theory-driven, research-based prevention framework; (2) tools, training, and technical assistance to bring a community together on that framework; and (3) local control of the process. Results of the Community Prevention Grants program so far have been very positive. During the first 3 years of their implementation, OJJDP funds have supported approximately 400 communities in 49 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia. Programs these communities are implementing include counseling and intervention, parent education, health care, school-based programs for various purposes, economic development and training, law-enforcement sponsored programs, and comprehensive community mobilization. Although these individual efforts may be modest in scope, they serve as the foundation for a national delinquency prevention movement. Contains 12 end notes. (SLD)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Delinquency, Delinquency Prevention, Disadvantaged Youth, Grants, Intervention, Models, Parent Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Risk, Urban Problems, Urban Youth, Youth Programs
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000; telephone: 800-638-8736; fax: 301-519-5212.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.