Vulnerable Youth: Federal Mentoring Programs and Issues

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Join us to learn about new information on the relationship between keeping students in school and improved academic outcomes, and to explore disciplinary policies that don't dampen student achievement. Zero-tolerance school policies that remove youth from the classroom are resulting in an increasing number of students failing to complete high school, and in unnecessary involvement in the juvenile justice system. AIR has developed an evidence-based framework to address the issue across educational settings.

Today, nearly 95, youth under the age of 21 are in custody in publicly and privately operated facilities in the U. Increasingly, youth are finding themselves involved in the juvenile justice system as a result of school-related conduct.

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Evidence-based treatment and mentoring services have each been shown to be effective in addressing substance use and delinquency in teenage youth involved with justice systems. The purpose of this research grant is to use data from the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey to examine the self-protective behaviors exhibited by victims of bullying.

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This project involved providing training and methodological expertise in the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Study. The National Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice is a national center to conduct research, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and dissemination activities to develop more effective responses to the needs of youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system or those at-risk for involvement with it.

The TA Partnership provides technical assistance to state, regional, and county system of care communities currently funded to operate the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, including those that have juvenile justice-involved youth as a population of focus. The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health TA Partnership recognizes the many challenges system of care communities face in working to better meet the needs of all of the children, youth, and young adults they serve. In an effort to help these communities meet the unique needs of young people involved or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system, the TA Partnership is releasing a resource series focused on this population.

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Juvenile Justice. Latest Work. In the Field. Educating students who have been neglected, delinquent, or are otherwise at-risk requires specialized training and careful collaboration across the agencies responsible for serving for these students. For this reason, each state receives funding from the U. Determining the best use of these funds is a top priority for all Title I, Part D coordinators. Spotlight on Native Nations.

Contributing and working alongside Native Nations, AIR has a deep commitment to engaging communities, fostering shared vision and values, building capacity, and developing strategic alliances to achieve sustainable systems change in Indian Country. Each year, , people are released from federal and state prisons.

For many, the transition home is not easy.

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They face obstacles including poverty, drug abuse, family dysfunction, and lack of access to services and treatment. Failure to reconnect can mean that many end up back in prison. AIR's Roger Jarjoura spoke about the role education plays in helping ex-offenders stay out of the justice system.

In a study prepared for the U. Mental Health Awareness. Raising awareness and increasing the understanding of mental health can change the way society views and responds to this complex issue. AIR promotes positive mental health through school and community-based approaches involving youth, families, school, health care providers, and other stakeholders. The Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration program was designed to strengthen existing youth mentoring programs across the United States. Selected by the U. Library of Congress, AIR conducted a five-year evaluation of mentoring enhancement demonstration programs funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The goal is to assess whether strategic enhancements to the roles that mentors play will improve youth outcomes. Indicators of School Crime and Safety. Blog Post. As communities across the country mark National Recovery Month, Roger Jarjoura explains why recovery can be particularly challenging for youth, and how the juvenile justice system must address their specific needs. Youth Violence Prevention. Tribal Defending Childhood Initiative. The Tribal Defending Childhood Initiative supports four federally recognized tribes—the White Earth Nation Minnesota ; the Winnebago Tribe Nebraska ; the Northern Arapahoe Tribe Wyoming ; and the Southern Ute Tribe Colorado —as they develop or continue developing trauma-informed practices and procedures across juvenile justice and related child-serving systems.

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Title I, Part D of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act allocates funds to states and school districts to improve educational services for neglected and delinquent youth. This study, prepared by AIR for the U.

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Department of Education's Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, was designed to better understand how state and local agencies and facilities use Part D funds for services in support of these youth. Chapters throughout the state.

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Programs based on research gathered at the Girls Inc. National Resource Center encourage girls ages 6 to 18 to take risks and master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. Programs are offered through a network of 1, sites nationwide and are facilitated by trained professional staff. Chapters in Atlanta, Albany and Columbus Georgia. Georgia Truancy Project www. Governor's Office for Children and Families www. Parents as Teachers www. Nurturing Parenting Programs www. FDR which is headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina and has been promoting non-violent parenting practices since One Tough Job www.

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CDC Parent Portal www. Connect With Kids www. Connect with Kids also creates videos on issues affecting your children. Juvenile Resource Statistics Association and the Department of Human Resources Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases, Both websites provide glossaries of commonly used acronyms and abbreviations related to juvenile justice and mental health. All rights reserved by Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.