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NCJ Number: 222040 Find in a Library
Title: Preparing Youth for Productive Futures
Author(s): Patrick Griffin; Mary Hunninen
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
United States of America
Date Published: January 2008
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2363
Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2005-J-04-17341
Sale Source: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
P. O. Box 1167
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes what is being done in Philadelphia, and elsewhere in Pennsylvania, to help delinquent youth transition into becoming productive adults.
Abstract: The authors contend that interrelationships between risk factors can spiral out of control and result in delinquent behaviors if not properly addressed early on. To engage this, the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system has set "competency development" as one of its primary goals. The main aim of the system is to help at-risk juveniles attain the required knowledge and skills that will allow them to become productive and law-abiding members of society. This development centers on five core skills: Pro-Social, to achieve social interaction, self-control, and problem-solving; Moral Reasoning, in order to make the right decisions for the right reasons; Academic, promoting proficiency in order to advance to the highest possible academic level; Workforce Development, skills needed to get and keep jobs and achieve economic self-sufficiency; and Independent Living, mastering the daily skills that adults need to be self-sufficient. The authors discuss the related program undertaken in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Reintegration Initiative, where a multiagency, collaborative effort has changed the way at-risk youth are prepared for productive adult lives. Following a background piece on the program, the report discusses the steps taken to prepare for the initiative and analyze the problem, as well as the efforts involved with integrating the educational system, career training opportunities, and neighborhood-based programs to function in a collaborative manner in order to achieve success. The report concludes with an update on progress made in Philadelphia and a call for expanded efforts throughout Pennsylvania.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquents; Teaching methods for juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Family courts; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Pennsylvania
Note: Pennsylvania Process: A Juvenile Justice Research, Policy and Practice Series
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