Step Two: Implement Evidence-Based Programming

Darcy’s center is already well-attended by youth in the area, but she needs to focus the center’s activities to address the problems of truancy and dropout that seem to be contributing to the juvenile crime problem.

From her search of online resources, Darcy learns that increased truancy and school dropout rates are risk factors for juvenile delinquency.  The data she has collected indicate these factors may contribute to the current juvenile crime problem in NW Devonville.  Darcy’s research indicates that the center can most effectively address the juvenile crime problem with the strategies listed below.

Given the problem with youths skipping or dropping out of school, Darcy needs to find a program to encourage high school youth to attend school.

Since most arrests involve groups of juveniles, Darcy assumes that some juveniles are being negatively influenced by the antisocial attitudes of their peers. She will therefore want to identify a program that will boost juveniles’ prosocial values, including valuing social institutions such as schools.

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