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Title: Giving Back: Introducing Community Service Learning-Improving Mandated Community Service for Juvenile Offenders
Author(s): Charles Degelman; Keri Doggett; Gregorio Medina
Corporate Author: Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
United States of America
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 107
Sponsoring Agency: Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
Chicago, IL 60605
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Education
Washington, DC 20202
US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Washington, DC 20590
Grant Number: 2003-MU-FX-K00
Sale Source: Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
407 South Dearborn Street
Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60605
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This practical manual is designed to help juvenile-justice professionals apply school-based service-learning principles, goals, and methods to court-mandated community service for juvenile offenders.
Abstract: As mandated by a justice agency, community service is typically applied only to misdemeanor offenses and requires an offender to complete work hours at organizations that provide services to a community. In learning activities outside the justice system, educators have long known the value of community service as a learning tool. School-based community service, called service learning, is a teaching strategy that links the skills and knowledge students learn in the classroom to issues, needs, or problems they identify in their school or community. Recently, youth court and other juvenile-justice programs have begun to borrow from this school-based strategy in an effort to make mandated community service more meaningful and rehabilitative. Called community service learning (CSL), this new community-service model combines the principles and methods of school-based service learning and court-based restorative justice, applying them to court-mandated community service. This manual lists the goals and objectives of service learning alongside of balanced and restorative justice goals and objectives, followed by a listing of the goals and objectives of court-mandated community-service learning. In providing an overview of community-service learning components, the activities described introduce participants and supervisors to basic concepts of community and project options that provide them with several differing frameworks for planning and implementing community-service learning projects. “Tips for Supervisors” address materials and preparation, project guidelines, and evaluation. Resources are listed under various categories.
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention
Index Term(s): Community service programs; Juvenile correctional education; Juvenile educational services; OJJDP grant-related documents; Youth community involvement; Youth development
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