ERIC Number: ED466511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce and Youth Development for Young Offenders. Overview.
Brown, David; Maxwell, Sarah; DeJesus, Edward; Schiraldi, Vincent
This publication is part of a toolkit that examines systemic barriers to achieving economic self-sufficiency for court-involved adolescents. It introduces the issue of workforce and youth development for juvenile offenders, discussing exemplary programs and policy initiatives that help court-involved youth become economically self-sufficient. To learn about effective programs, researchers contacted practitioners, funders, policymakers, and researchers, and through them identified 15 efforts that displayed promising practices for preparing youth offenders for successful education and work-related outcomes (critically applying the Promising and Effective Practices Network criteria for effective practice). Program success was based on commitment to rehabilitation, continuum of care, integrated education, system collaboration, support structures, and accountability. Tools for success included positive incentives and rewards, multidisciplinary learning, peer leadership, staff development, and youth culture. Policy initiatives that worked included innovative approaches, funding allocations and resource development, system collaboration, system flexibility, and youth development. Successful efforts tended to find a common vision and language, form partnerships, seek nontraditional funding, create broad requests for proposals, avoid the status quo, avoid territorialism, overcome barriers, encourage policy entrepreneurs, use data, address geographic mismatch, learn from events, and expect unintended consequences. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Delinquency, Job Training, Juvenile Justice, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy, Rehabilitation, Work Experience Programs, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.