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1 Juveniles at Risk for Delinquency and Recidivism: A Grant Proposal By Lauren Saunders Presented to the School of Social Work California State University, Long Beach May 2013

2 Introduction Juvenile delinquency is an issue that impacts the Long Beach community In 2009 juvenile arrests in Los Angeles County (49,182) accounted for 24% of the total juvenile arrests in the State of California (204,696) (Snyder, 2011). That year in Long Beach specifically, there were 874 juvenile felony arrests (California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, 2012). Juvenile misdemeanor arrests in Long Beach in 2009 totaled 2,356 (California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, 2012) Purpose of the project To develop a program that decreases juvenile crime rates in Long Beach, California. The proposed program will target non-violent juvenile offenders ages 14– 17 years of age, residing within the Long Beach Unified School District The program will intervene at the individual, familial, and community levels.

3 Social Work Relevance Social workers are often referred to as “change agents.” Among their professional duties, social workers strive to eliminate the discrimination and inequality individuals may experience as the result of their ethnicity, racial background, age, sex, gender and so on (National Association of Social Workers, 2008). Social workers also approach their practice from a systems perspective, acknowledging that individuals’ lives are affected by a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors. Applying a social work perspective and approach to juvenile delinquency prevention is key to ensuring that adolescents receive services that are free from discrimination and domination. Through prevention efforts, social workers can work toward eliminating social violence and promote individual liberties. Delinquency prevention is related to social work activities in that it aims to improve the lives of individuals and groups and looks critically at social norms, seeking to change them.

4 Cross-Cultural Relevance Minority status increases an adolescent’s likelihood of involvement with the juvenile justice system (Benekos et al., 2011; Farrington et al., 2010). Minority youth are arrested at higher rates, and are more likely to be detained in institutions than Caucasian youth (Deitch et al., 2009). Because of the over representation of minority youth involved with the juvenile justice system, this program will employ a diverse staff, who will be able to respond to the specific needs of adolescents from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Cultural competence trainings will also be provided to program staff. Consultation with community professionals and agencies working with similar populations will also be utilized in order to ensure culturally competent programming.

5 Methods Target population Non-violent juvenile offenders ages 14–17 years of age, residing within the Long Beach Unified School District Identification of funding source This grant writer visited the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership and utilized its Foundation Directory On-line database Subject terms used included: “crime/ violence prevention;” “offenders/ ex-offenders, probation/ parole;” “Offenders/ ex-offenders, rehabilitation;” “family services, counseling;” “human services, mind/ body enrichment;” “human services, self-help groups;” “youth, services;” “mental health, counseling/ support group;” “recreation;” and “youth development, adult & child programs.”

6 Methods Cont. Selected funding source California Wellness Foundation Giving focused on underserved populations, with a specific interest in youth and families of urban areas, and promoting health and wellness (California Wellness Foundation, 2012) Sources used for needs assessment U.S. Census Bureau, California State juvenile justice statistics, Los Angeles County Department of Probation, and LA County demographic statistics were referenced Scholarly, peer reviewed journals, articles and books were also explored Projected budget $ 95,555

7 Grant Proposal Program description Ascend aims to decrease juvenile crime rates in Long Beach, California. Intervention will take place with individuals, families, and communities. Implementation will be in three 12-week cycles a year, serving adolescents per cycle. Programing will include (a) weekly Functional Family Therapy sessions, (b) weekly group psychotherapy sessions, (c) rock climbing activities, (d) case management/ resource referrals and, (e) adult allies. Ascend will be hosted by community non-profit, Operation Jump Start. Population served Non-violent juvenile offenders ages 14–17 years of age, residing within the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD). Youth who are currently enrolled in a formal probation program and who are housed in the community (as opposed to a Probation Camp). Racial/ ethnic makeup of participants will reflect that of the LBUSD.

8 Grant Proposal Cont. Program objectives By the end of the 12-week program: 50% of the participating families will have attended 12 family therapy sessions as evinced by attendance logs 50% of the participants will have attended 12 support group sessions as evinced by attendance logs 50% of participants will be able to identify 5 risk factors and 5 alternative activities (such as volunteering or club involvement) as evinced by case notes 60% of participants will be involved in one community activity within 12 months of completing the program as evidenced by follow-up surveys Program evaluation Self-report surveys will be given out during the first support group and family therapy sessions as well as again during the final sessions Initial survey: explore participants’ perceptions of school, their communities, and families Post survey: reevaluate initial survey questions and evaluate satisfaction with program Survey Monkey questionnaire will be sent to participants one year after program completion to evaluate the longer-term effectiveness of the program.

9 Lessons Learned/ Implications for Social Work Literature Review Identified most effective interventions for the target population Allowed for a program design that is based on evidence based practices Present a compelling problem statement Program design Had to compromise to meet needs of host agency Implications for social work Social Workers strive to improve the quality of life for others at both the micro and macro-levels. They work with individuals and communities as well as with policies. Social Workers approach social issues from a systems perspective, acknowledging that many different factors act together to contribute to individual and social problems. Social workers utilize research methods to determine the best interventions for a given population or issue. Grant writing is another tool social workers must learn to use to provide services to individuals and communities. Through grant writing, social workers can secure funding for programs they develop to meet the unique needs of at risk or underserved populations.

10 References Benekos, P., Merlo, A., & Puzzanchera, C. (2011). Youth, race, and serious crime: Examining trends and critiquing policy. International Journal Of Police Science & Management, 13(2), doi: /ijps California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General (2012). Statistics: Juvenile arrests, Retrieved from California Wellness Foundation. (2012). Grants program. Retrieved from wellness.org Deitch, M., Barstow, A., Lukens, L., & Reyna, R. (2009). From time out to hard time: Young children in the adult criminal justice system: Special project report. Austin: The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs Farrington, D., Jolliffe, D., Hawkins, J., Catalano, R., Hill, K., & Kosterman, R. (2010). Why are boys more likely to be referred to juvenile court? Gender differences in official and self-reported delinquency. Victims & Offenders, 5(1), doi: / Los Angeles County Department of Probation. (2001). Comprehensive multi-agency juvenile justice plan. Retrieved from National Association of Social Workers. (2008). NASW code of ethics: Guide to everyday professional conduct of social workers. Retrieved from Snyder, H. (2011). Arrests in the United States Retrieved from U.S. Census Bureau. (2013). American community survey. Retrieved from U.S. Department of Commerce. (2012) census summary: 2010 census of population and housing. Retrieved from


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