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NCJ Number: 148709 Find in a Library
Title: Youth in Action: Empowering Young People for Community Change (From National Conference on Juvenile Justice, P 413-424, 1993, Lynn Atkinson and Sally-Anne Gerull, eds. -- See NCJ-148673)
Author(s): J Engel; J Young
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The focus of the Youth and the Law Project (YALP) at Campbelltown, New South Wales, is crime prevention, which involves working proactively with youth to increase their self-esteem, reduce antisocial behavior, and help them perform community improvement projects.
Abstract: As Australia begins the 1990's in serious economic recession, communities are facing a growing pool of underemployed/unemployable juveniles. Crime prevention strategies must counter the risk of youth alienation, marginalization, and communal violence. YALP's objective is to establish a broad-based community movement that encourages the positive involvement of youth in solving problems that affect them. Over its 7 years of operation, YALP has developed methods that empower youth of all backgrounds to initiate change in their communities while acquiring skills that increase their own self-esteem and equip them for an active and positive contribution to the community. YALP is supported by a resource group that provides community leaders, youth workers, and trainers in YALP's empowerment methods. This paper presents the history and methodology of the project from 1985 to 1992, summarizes the lessons learned, and proposes a wider application of YALP's methodology in communities interested in addressing youth alienation. 2 figures and 2 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Foreign crime prevention; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; New South Wales; Youth community involvement; Youth development
Note: From proceedings of the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held in Adelaide, Australia, September 22-24, 1992.
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