Implementing School-Based Prevention/Intervention Services for At-Risk Youth

Elaine Morley, The Urban Institute

ABSTRACT
Six communities -- Boston, MA; Contra Costa County, CA; Fort Belknap, MO; Imperial County, CA; Seattle, WA; and St. Louis, MO -- began implementing SafeFutures demonstrations in 1996 and concluded their efforts in 2001 or 2002. Several sites chose to implement prevention or intervention programmin in local school systems. The general model for this approach was to deploy staff from community-based organizations to school sites to provide a variety of serves after schook, or sometimes during school hours. Schools appear to be a logical venue for providing prevention and intervention services, since youth are generally requjired to attend school (unless they are in other institutions). However, establishing services different from those typically provided by a given school poses a variety of challenges. This paper describes the SafeFutures sites' implementation of such school-based services. It will discuss challenges encountered providing services to at risk youth in school settings, and measures taken to address these challenges. Such information is relevant to program planners, those involved in community-based collaboratives, and individuals involved in direct services provision to youth and their families.

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