Building Supportive Communities for At-Risk Adolescents: It Takes More Than Services
Today's adolescents are at ever-increasing risk for behavioral problems such as drug abuse, teenage parenthood, and violence. But today's youth intervention programs are still the traditional fragmented, territorial systems of the past. How can these community and school-based services be updated and improved?
The authors of Building Supportive Communities for At-Risk Adolescents stress prevention, protection, and early detection and recommend an integrated network to address the comprehensive needs of today's youth. They profile nine of the nation's premier youth-serving programs, which provide a mix of educational, counseling, recreational, vocational, and leadership activities. Key chapters present critical, practical information about funding, implementing, and evaluating similar programs.