Training for Court-Involved Youth
||February. 1, 2001- 1:30-3:30 PM EST
Youth crime and the
preparedness of court-involved youth to enter the labor market are serious
concerns for the Nation. Among of the characteristics of youth who come into
contact with the juvenile justice system are poor school performance, limited
social skills and poor communications skills. These deficiencies, along with
negative perceptions and a lack of coordination and collaboration among agencies
that deal with this population create serious impediments in preparing these
youth for the changing labor market. Not only are jobs changing, but
employers’ expectations are rising and work requires higher cognitive skill
levels than ever before. Given the connection between joblessness and crime and
between job preparation and earnings, it is critical that jurisdictions find a
way both to prepare and connect these youth to this changing labor market.
In November, 2000 the Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recently released a summary report,
Employment and Training for Court-Involved Youth, that resulted from a
collaborative effort between federal agencies, universities, national
organizations, juvenile justice and corrections associations, youth -serving
programs, private foundations, and many other groups. The report identifies
major barriers to employing these youth and provides examples of programs that
overcome these barriers.
This national satellite
videoconference will highlight some of the key findings of the report,
especially those relating to the changing and increasingly complex labor market.
It will also identify some of the barriers to providing employment and training
opportunities for court-involved youth and ways in which agencies can
collaborate to overcome these impediments. In particular, it will provide
guidance to agencies that design and implement training programs to insure that
the programs meet employer’s and industry requirements.
Promising programs and effective strategies for linking court-involved
youth to the job market will be highlighted and representatives of those
programs will be available to discuss their
successes and to answer participant’s questions.
for the videoconference, please click here.
You are encouraged to videotape
the broadcast for use as a future resource. No rights are reserved
by OJJDP or its contractors, the Juvenile Justice Telecommunications Assistance
Project (JJTAP). This broadcast will be closed-captioned for the
The Juvenile Justice Teleconference
For More information, please contact:
Jenny McWilliams at 859-622-6671
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