This report reviews the challenges associated with the juvenile justice system, presents the barriers to court-involved youth becoming economically self-sufficient and discusses the elements of promising programs and policies for this population. The document identifies promising examples using the framework of the Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet) of the National Youth Employment Coalition.  

January 4, 2002

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How youth development program components pertain to youth offender programs.

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    The program elements that empower youth for success.

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    Challenges associated with the juvenile justice system.

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    Importance of economic self-sufficiency approaches for court-involved youth.

Key Takeaway

Youth Development Principles Necessary for Court-Involved Youth

Some youth involved in the juvenile justice system are status offenders while others have committed more serious crimes. Increasingly, however, the juvenile justice system has moved from rehabilitation toward a more punitive approach, impacting all youth in the system. Programs serving court-involved youth should be comprehensive; focus on a youth’s strengths, long-term employment and career development; and view youth as resources that are supported by the community.

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