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Title: In Search of Evidence-Based Practice in Juvenile Corrections: An Evaluation of Florida's Avon Park Youth Academy and STREET Smart Program
Corporate Author: Children's Research Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 240
Sponsoring Agency: Children's Research Ctr
Madison, WI 53719
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2005-JK-FX-0010
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents findings from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency's (NCCD's) evaluation of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Avon Park Youth Academy and the STREET Smart program.
Abstract: The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Avon Park Youth Academy (APYA) and the STREET Smart program (SS) was successful in delivery of vocational training and job placement services. There was also evidence that the program had a positive impact on educational achievement. APYA participants were significantly more likely than controls to receive a high school level diploma while in secure care as well as within 3 years of community release. The evaluation of APYA/SS demonstrates that it has the potential to join the modest but growing list of evidence-based practices in juvenile corrections. However, to fully achieve the status of evidence-based practice, program modifications and additional research may be needed for APYA/SS. The APYA is a secure custody residential facility providing specialized, remedial education and intensive vocational training to moderate risk youth committed to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. SS was the reentry component of the program which provided community support and educational and vocational services to APYA participants after their release to the community. With support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) conducted an evaluation of the APYA/SS. This report presents the findings from the evaluation. Exhibits, figures, tables, references, and appendixes A-G
Main Term(s): Juvenile treatment evaluation
Index Term(s): Florida; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile program evaluation; Juvenile residential treatment centers; Juvenile vocational training; OJJDP final report; OJJDP grant-related documents; Post-release programs; Program evaluation; Remedial education; Services effectiveness; Vocational training
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