ERIC Number: ED429224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Employment and Training for Court-Involved Youth: An Overview. OJJDP Fact Sheet #102.
Frey, Heather E.
Youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system are often disenfranchised by the education system. Despite research demonstrating that employability is critical to the success of high-risk youth, youth involved in the juvenile justice system often find it difficult to learn marketable skills or compete for jobs. According to a task force of researchers, program experts, market analysts, and representatives of private and public agencies, programs successfully linking court-involved youth to the labor market share the following elements: age-appropriate and comprehensive youth development; involvement of an adult advocate and the family; work-based learning and academic development; close attention to career development and job placement; and long-term follow-up. Programs serving court-involved youth can be divided into three categories: early intervention, residential, and aftercare. All three types of programs must combine quality job training and employment services with strategies to address the behavioral, educational, and social profiles of confined youth. The task force identified six primary systems affecting court-involved youth: juvenile justice, work force development, education, social services, community-based organizations, and the labor market. Enhancing collaboration, improving communication, and increasing these systems' knowledge of each other are among the challenges confronted by policymakers, program personnel, and court-involved youth. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquent Prevention (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.