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NCJ Number: 148549 Find in a Library
Title: Principles for High Quality National Service Programs
Corporate Author: Corporation for National and Community Service
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 79
Sponsoring Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service
Washington, DC 20525
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This handbook responds to President Clinton's National Service Program by suggesting that high quality national service can improve public safety and the environment, bring together institutions and individuals to achieve lasting and constructive change, develop leadership skills, foster productive citizenship, and enhance educational opportunities.
Abstract: Principles contained in the handbook, intended to guide individuals and agencies who receive national service grants, characterize common components of national service programs. The four issues covered by national service include education, human needs, public safety, and the environment. Specific national service priorities relate to school readiness and success, crime prevention, health, homeless people, rebuilding neighborhoods, and conserving the environment. The handbook focuses on improving the quality and availability of child development programs, teaching literacy and other basic skills to parents of young children, helping teenage parents stay in school by providing such needed services as child care, coordinating service-learning activities, working in classrooms with high concentrations of low-income students, mentoring and tutoring, and providing after-school and summer learning opportunities. In addition, the handbook addresses community policing, crime victim services, crime and violence prevention, independent living assistance and health care for elderly or disabled persons, health and housing needs of low-income communities, preventive health care, services for the homeless, job training, neighborhood revitalization, and environmental protection. Core elements of successful national service programs are identified as a strong organization, effective service projects, evaluation, high quality participant experience, community partnerships, and diversity. Appendixes contain definitions, identify requirements of the AmeriCorps Program, and give program examples.
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Criminology; Environmental quality; Juveniles; National programs; Police; Public education; Public safety coordination
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