CITY OF LITTLE ROCK, AR
Mayor Jim Dailey

YOUTH INITIATIVE PROJECT (YIP)

1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

The YIP program is an intensive gang intervention program utilizing case managers to provide structured activities and 24-hour on-call intervention service for 20 youth at 12 neighborhood-based sites.

2. When was the program created and why?

The program began in 1992 to address the increasing number of youth engaging in gang activity in Little Rock.

3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

Since 1997, a behavioral and emotional assessment of interpersonal strengths, family involvement, intrapersonal strengths, school functioning, and affective strengths has been used to evaluation the program. It has shown statistically significant improvements in interpersonal, intrapersonal, school functioning and affective strengths subscale scores of the participants.

Financing: $425,000/yr from Future-Little Rock Tax (1/2 cent city sales tax). Community Involvement: The innovative model developed by a coalition of agencies, was implemented by New Futures for Youth. Lesson: Community prevention and intervention efforts should provide opportunities for large community-based prevention programming but also for intensive one-on-one programming for the harder to serve youth.

4. Contact person:

Ken Richardson, YIP Coordinator

New Futures for Youth

209 West Capitol, 2nd Floor Annex

Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 374-1011

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