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NCJ Number: 249770 Find in a Library
Title: Community Engagement in Juvenile Drug Court: Lessons Learned
Corporate Author: Carnevale Associates, LLC
United States of America

Southwest Institute for Research on Women
United States of America
Date Published: November 2015
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Carnevale Associates, LLC
Darnestown, MD 20874
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Southwest Institute for Research on Women
Contract Number: LCFRD11C0007
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Program Description (Demonstrative); Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on findings of the National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures (JDC/RF National Cross-Site Evaluation), which assessed the implementation and impacts of five JDC/RF pilot sites, this report outlines the lessons learned on how a JDC/RF program can improve its community-engagement component.
Abstract: Under the JDC/RF model, community partners have an important role in service delivery. The community-engagement component has two distinct but related elements: (1) engaging community members and organizations in JDC/RF planning and programming; and (2) engaging JDC/RF youth in community services and activities. The evaluation draws four lessons for strengthening the community- engagement component of a JDC/RF program. First, educate the staff and the community about JDC/RF’s focus on community engagement. Second, develop a formal structure for engaging community partners. This involves designating a community-oriented staff member to be the primary community contact; contacting potential community partners to discuss specific requests or proposals; setting the terms of the collaboration early in the partnership; and cultivating interactions with community agencies that are mutually beneficial. Third, create and regularly update a community resource “map” that shows what and where community services and activities are being provided to program youth and their families. Fourth, establish protocols for linking youth with available community resources. This involves addressing barriers to youths’ engagement with the community, establishing formal linkage protocols, and identifying resources that facilitate program linkages to community services and activities.
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug courts
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Juvenile drug treatment; OJJDP grant-related documents; OJJDP Resources; Youth community involvement
Note: For related documents, see NCJ-249762-69 and NCJ-24971-72.
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