|By Terry Campbell, Professor, Kaplan University, School of Public Safety|
Our topic for July looks at juvenile programs and projects. I began this article like I do others, research the topics and identify articles related to these topics. As you know, one of the current areas that attracted national attention for juveniles is youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ). Recently I attended an online webinar titled “Listening Session on the Needs of LGBTQ”. This was sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
This webinar (http:ytfg.org/2015/02/ojjdp-hosts-listening-session-on-the-needs-of-lgbtq-youth/) identified several common themes:
While conducting some research related to juvenile programs and projects, I came across the following site http://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg/
Note: MPG is an acronym for Models Program Guides. This is a unique site because you are able to select and filter the information from the following menu. Available topics included the following:
Users can also browse topics by age, protective factors and risk factors.
As you can see, there are many categories to select some without using the additional pull down menus. You have endless possibilities to search various components related to juvenile programs and projects.
When you utilize this site and search component you will find another site CrimeSOLUTIONS.gov. This is unique for the following reasons. Projects submitted previously are reviewed in the following area "Youth Programs at A Glance". The unique component then reflects the following number of programs and if they are determined to be effective, promising, or no effects.
Total Number of Programs: 269
No Effects 52
The program will appear with an evidence rating and date. Included will be a program summary, program description, target population, evaluation methodology, and other key areas. These will vary somewhat from program and report. This review is an excellent way to pre-screen some of the programs and overall views and results. In addition, we are able to see what is current throughout the United States. We can then determine what works, does not work, areas where improvements can be made. Whatever your area of interest related to juveniles may be available in one of the 269 various programs identified.
I selected other programs to further discuss and will provide an overview for each.
Thanks for reading and stay safe out there.
Terry Campbell is a criminal justice professor at Kaplan University, School of Public Safety and has more than 20 years of experience in corrections and policing. He has served in various roles, including prison warden and parole administrator, for the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Terry may be reached at email@example.com.
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