Strengths-Based Gender Specific Programming for Female Juvenile Offenders

Venezia Michalsen, CUNY Graduate Center

This paper explores the theoretical and practical basis of mentor-based intervention programs for adolescent girls. The focus is on the implications for gender specific intervention programs. However, issues of race and class will be explored as integral elements of the offending and intervention equations. This paper is driven by its policy implications for intervention programs for adolescent girls. This will be done particularly through an exploration of the ways in which different programs do or do not approach both the public-sphere and private-sphere needs of female juvenile offenders. The paper is careful to take the strcuture-agency debate into account. The paper also addresses the role of the researcher in any project examining mentoring.

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