Conclusion

The future of arts-based delinquency prevention and intervention programs is promising. Through continued investment in rigorous long-term evaluations, the strengths of YouthARTS and other arts-based programs can be identified, weaknesses can be corrected, services can be adjusted to meet the growing needs of youth and communities, and effective models can be replicated across the Nation. Just as the lessons learned from the national evaluation have helped the three YouthARTS programs redesign and implement their programs, the information can benefit others in the field who are struggling with new ways to combat the problem of juvenile delinquency. The national evaluation of the YouthARTS Development Project has shown that providing youth with new skills, giving them the opportunities to use these skills, and offering them positive feedback and recognition for their hard work can potentially lead to healthier attitudes and positive behaviors.

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The YouthARTS Development Project Juvenile Justice Bulletin May 2001