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ERIC Number: ED433395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Brain Power, Not Gun Power: Low-Intensity, Low-Cost Programs for Juvenile Weapons Offenders.
Trone, Jennifer; Jorif, Darlene
This booklet examines and evaluates several programs to educate juveniles about the dangers involved in carrying weapons and to provide nonviolent routes to developing self-esteem and personal responsibility. The booklet is based on the experience of the Vera Institute and its partners in planning and testing a weapons education program in Brooklyn (New York) in 1996-97. It draws lessons from three programs in Detroit (Michigan), Indianapolis (Indiana), and the District of Columbia. Among the subjects discussed are: (1) defining the target population; (2) deciding when to intervene; (3) facing resistance; (4) making the program voluntary or mandatory; (5) developing program content and facilities; and (6) determining what to expect from a low-intensity, low-cost intervention. (SLD)
Descriptors: Delinquency, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention, Juvenile Justice, Prevention, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Safety, Self Esteem, Student Responsibility, Urban Youth, Violence, Weapons
Vera Institute of Justice, 377 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10013; Tel: 212-334-1300; Web site: www.vera.org (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Authoring Institution: Vera Inst. of Justice, New York, NY.