COMMUNITY-BASED PREVENTION PROGRAMS
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
Ten neighborhood-based programs provide prevention and intervention services to provide year-round services to youth. Programs provide:
1. Opportunities for caring, consistent relationships with responsible adults and their families in the broader community
2. Opportunities for positive social and recreational activities with their peers and family
3. Opportunities to make positive contributions to their family, their neighborhood and their community and to feel valued for their contributions
4. Opportunities to learn and test new skills through participation in a wide range of social, cultural, educational and service employability activities
5. Opportunities to assist in design and implementation of program and services in which they participate
Such program activities included employability skills training, healthy family management practices, tutoring, personal and social development skills (self-esteem), structured mentoring with adults, recreation, art, sports, scouting, peer groups and community service opportunities.
2. When was the program created and why?
The programs were created in 1994 to provide positive alternative activities for youth after-school, in the summer and on the weekends.
3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?
As each program is unique in design, a uniform evaluation has been difficult. However, several programs have conduct program evaluations that show positive behavior and academic improvement of participants. In 1998, a uniform evaluation was implemented to assess the programs around the provision of services associated with the five opportunities. Outcome data from that assessment is not available to date.
4. How is the program financed?
$400,000/yr from Future-Little Rock Tax ( a Ĺ cent city sales tax)
5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?
The programs are administered by small community-based not-for-profit organizations.
6. Contact person:
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
Copyright © 1999, US Conference of Mayors, All rights reserved.