SCHOOL AND YOUTH SERVICE OUTCOMES
Not only do our programs have significant impact on grades, attendance and behavior as demonstrated in our program outcomes but our programs and services have a tremendous impact on community indicators such as a correlation to lower adult criminal behavior, increasing graduation rates, less reliance on county services, and promoting more productive college and/or career ready citizens. For instance we know that:
- Truancy rates have a direct correlation to substance abuse, vandalism, auto theft, teen pregnancy rates, gang behavior and graduation rates.
- Adults who were truants as juveniles tend to exhibit poorer social skills, have lower paying jobs, are more likely to rely on public assistance, and have an increased likelihood for incarceration.
- Federal and State Prisons use 3rd grade reading levels to predict the number of beds they will need in the future.
- By reducing barriers to learning, children become more successful in their academics and are more likely to engage in the education process, which in turn will increase graduation rates, which create more highly skilled and productive citizens.
- The number of Pre-PINS and PINS will be reduced, as will the number of DSS placements, as a result of connecting kids and families to services at the on-set of an issue rather than waiting for the issues to manifest to the point where DSS involvement is necessary.
- Graduation rates will improve, as will the number of low-income students going to college, who will then in turn return to their community with more earning power and a stronger sense of civic pride and community engagement.
- During the after school hours, unsupervised teens are four times more likely to smoke, three times more likely to have sex, and four times more likely to use drugs.
Prevention Program outcomes based on school district data
- 42% reduction in Unexcused Absences for elementary students participating in our Bullying Prevention Elementary Group
- 93% of improvement or maintained their Unexcused Absences for elementary students in our pro-social skills group
- 83% improvement in Unexcused Absences by 5 or more days for elementary youth participating in our Aggression Reduction Program
- 81% of elementary youth improved or maintained their Unexcused Absences in our mentoring program
- 71% reduction in Office Discipline Referrals (ODRs) for elementary students participating in our Truancy Reduction program
- 42% reduction in ODRs for elementary students participating in our Social Skills program
- 75% of middle school students participating in our bullying aggression reduction program improved or maintained their ODR levels
- 76% of elementary students participating in our Social Skills program improved or maintained their ODR levels
- 50% middle school students participating in our mentoring program improved their GPA by 8 or more points
- 62% of middle school students participating in our pro-social skills group improved their GPA
- 43% of all enrolled youth in a local inner city middle school Pro-Social Skill Program improved their GPA.
IRT- (INITIAL RESPONSE TEAM)
Students involved in the program are referred because of excessive truancy, incorrigibility, and/or criminal behavior which puts them at risk of further system involvement and possible placement. The vast majority of students involved in the program demonstrate significant improvements both in terms of attendance and behavior which often leads to gains academically. Below are some outcomes of our program:
- 46% of all enrolled students improve their attendance
- 50% of all enrolled students have fewer discipline referrals
- 57% of all enrolled students improved their Grade Point Average (GPA)
- 74% of all enrolled students had fewer or "0" In-School Suspensions
- 79% of all enrolled students had fewer or "0" Out of School Suspensions
Oneida County ARREST DIVERSION PROGRAM
We offer an arrest diversion program to youth who commit low level crimes. We work with the local police departments and schools to refer youth who qualify for our program based on severity of the crime. We work with the youth to keep them on track to not reoffend, go and stay in school, and plan their future goals.
- 92% of all enrolled students did not reoffend
- 57% of all enrolled students improve their attendance
- 62% of all enrolled students have fewer discipline referrals
- 52% of all enrolled students improved their Grade Point Average (GPA)
- 100% of all enrolled students had fewer or "0" In-School Suspensions