ERIC Number: ED473505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Moving beyond the Walls: Faith and Justice Partnerships Working for High-Risk Youth.
Hartmann, Tracey A.
Public/Private Ventures launched a national demonstration in 15 cities to assess the effectiveness of faith-based initiatives in working with youths involved in the juvenile justice system. The initiatives focused on high-risk youth and developed programs involving mentoring, education, and employment readiness. This report focuses on whether small faith-based organizations can work effectively together, how difficult it is for faith-based organizations and juvenile justice agencies to form partnerships, and whether faith-based organizations and justice agencies make effective partners. Overall, partnerships among faith-based organizations ran smoothly. Currently, 127 predominantly small African-American faith-based organizations or congregations are actively involved in the initiative across the sites. Different faiths and denominations worked well together, though they tended to reflect the Christian nature of low-income urban communities. Justice and faith organizations easily formed partnerships and were willing to collaborate. Faith-justice partnerships did not produce as many referrals from justice organizations as expected. Only one-third of the youth participating in the faith-based program were referred by a justice agency. Remaining challenges include developing workable partnerships between groups of different faiths and ensuring that faith-justice collaborations live up to the expectations of both sides. Site descriptions are appended. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Blacks, Church Programs, Church Role, Cooperative Planning, Delinquency, High Risk Students, Juvenile Justice, Program Effectiveness, Religious Organizations, Urban Areas, Youth Programs
Public/Private Ventures, 2000 Market Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Tel: 215-557-4400; Fax: 215-557-4469; Web-site: http://www.ppv.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.