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NCJ Number: 51940 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: PENNSYLVANIA - JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER YOUTH ADVOCATE TRAINING PROGRAM - FINAL EVALUATION
Author(s): B A BERGMAN
Corporate Author: Pennsylvania Governor's Justice Cmssn
Pennsylvania Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Pennsylvania Governor's Justice Cmssn
Harrisburg, PA 17120
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: DS-77-C-007-0502
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A PROGRAM TO RECRUIT, TRAIN, AND USE NONPROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEERS AND UNEMPLOYED EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCE GRADUATES TO WORK WITH YOUNGSTERS IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS RECOMMENDED FOR REFUNDING.
Abstract: THE OBJECT OF THE PROGRAM IS TO PROVIDE A POOL OF TRAINED VOLUNTEERS TO SUPPLEMENT THE LIMITED RESOURCES OF EXISTING PERSONNEL IN COURT, PROBATION, AND YOUTH SERVICES AGENCIES AND TO PROVIDE THE MANPOWER NECESSARY FOR THE DIVERSION OF A LARGER NUMBER OF JUVENILE OFFENDERS. THE TRAINING PROGRAM IS PRAISED AS BEING THOROUGH, RELEVANT TO THE WORK INVOLVED, AND CONSISTENT. THE EVALUATION FOUND THAT VOLUNTEERS WERE USING BEHAVIORS RECOMMENDED IN THE TRAINING SESSIONS AND THAT CONTINUOUS INSERVICE AND FOLLOWUP TRAINING HAD BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE PROGRAM. TRAINED VOLUNTEERS ARE AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC DEFENDERS, PROBATION DEPARTMENTS, YOUTH SERVICE BUREAUS, THE COURTS (FOR USE AS GUARDIANS AD LITEM), CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS (AS OMBUDSMEN AND LIAISONS BETWEEN THE CHILDREN AND AGENCIES OUTSIDE) AND TO GROUP HOME STAFF FOR FOLLOWUP AID. AT THE TIME OF THE EVALUATION THE PROJECT COVERED BUCKS, CHESTER, AND DELAWARE COUNTIES, THUS SERVING THE ENTIRE SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AREA. DURING THE CONTRACT PERIOD THE PROJECT WAS COMMITTED TO SUPPLYING A MINIMUM OF 45 TRAINED CITIZENS FOR PLACEMENT; 67 WERE PLACED. COURT, PROBATION, AND CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS PRAISED THE VOLUNTEERS' PERFORMANCE HIGHLY. THE EVALUATION IDENTIFIED 12 OFFENDERS WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN INSTITUTIONALIZED HAD NOT VOLUNTEERS BEEN AVAILABLE TO HELP SUPERVISE THEM. INSTITUTIONALIZATION COSTS FOR THESE 12 WOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT $300,000 FOR 1 YEAR, WHICH MORE THAN JUSTIFIED THE $50,000 A YEAR COST OF THE PROGRAM. THE VOLUNTEERS ALSO HELPED OVERWORKED STAFFS IMPROVE SERVICES. APPENDIXES CONTAIN SAMPLE NEWSLETTERS AND SAMPLE REQUESTS FOR TRAINING AND SERVICE. TABLES PRESENT EVALUATION DATA. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (juvenile); Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile courts; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile probation services; Juvenile program volunteers; Pennsylvania; Program evaluation; Training evaluation; Volunteer programs; Volunteer training
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