Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
The Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Program targets deterrence and prevention of delinquency by focusing on character development in children and youth. The City recognizes Prevention as an important and valuable part of any neighborhood revitalization effort. The services support neighborhood residents in their efforts to nurture adolescents by providing support, education and training in order for them to become self-sufficient, productive members of society. Successful programs provide a full range of primary and preventive strategies to "at risk youth", and secondary strategies to deter further delinquency of youth already involved in anti-social behavior that can be redirected with appropriate interventions.
Programs focus on deterrence and intervention to redirect and deter gang involvement; job preparation and useful work experience; substance abuse education, adolescent health education and risk reduction of premature sexual behavior, teen pregnancy and socially transmitted diseases; educational programs including alternative schooling for suspended or expelled students; and Cultural enrichment and recreational activities in association with evidenced based curriculum for prevention activities. All programs are ungirded by parent engagement and whole family functioning activities that foster family cohesion and support.
Programs participating in the 2016-2017 program and providing services to over 1,000 youth included Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children's Assessment Center, Chinese Community Center, Fifth Ward Enrichment Program, Pro-Vision, Project Grand and Unlimited Visions.