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Title: Teens, Crime, and Rural Communities: How Youth in Rural America Can Help Reduce Violent and Property Crimes
Author(s): E Donovan
Editor(s): J E O'Neil
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: National Crime Prevention Council
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Street Law, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Grant Number: 94-MU-CX-K002
Sale Source: National Crime Prevention Council
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway
Suite 901
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
United States of America

Street Law, Inc.
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 870
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Teens, Crime, and the Community (TCC) Program is featured as one solution to the rise in rural crime, a program that actively involves teenagers and adults in a partnership to reduce teenager victimization and engage young people as change agents to make their schools and communities safer.
Abstract: Through its curriculum and service projects, the TCC program offers promising results in the fight against rural crime. The TCC curriculum strives to reduce teenager victimization through education and uses many different teaching methodologies. Service projects provide avenues to positive recognition, meaningful work, and a sense of connection with the community. Students are educated in crime prevention for themselves and begin to reduce or eliminate a specific crime problem in their school or community. Teenagers like the TCC program because it provides a vehicle for them to be part of the crime prevention solution. Teachers and administrators support the TCC program because it actively engages teenagers in the classroom, encourages bonding between students and the community, meets educational mandates including performance-based assessment and cooperative learning, and increases prosocial attitudes. Guidelines are presented for implementing the TCC program. The scope of rural crime and teenager victimization and contributing stress factors are examined, the foundation for involving teenagers in the crime prevention solution is established, and the TCC program framework is overviewed. Implementation strategies from successful TCC programs and results and implications of a third-party evaluation of TCC in rural schools are discussed. 30 notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile educational services
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Crime in schools; Crime prevention measures; Criminology; Curriculum; Juvenile victims; Property crimes; Rural crime; Students; Violence prevention; Violent crimes
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