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Opportunity Youth: Disenfranchised Young People

Opportunity Youth: Disenfranchised Young People

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V. Reconnecting Youth by The National Institute of Justice Program Profile A school-based prevention program that targets underachieving students at risk of dropping out. The program is rated No Effects. The program had a significant negative effect on conventional peer bonding at the immediate post-intervention follow-up and significant negative effects on conventional peer bonding and peer high-risk behavior at the 6-month follow-up. Program Goals/Target Population Reconnecting Youth is a school-based prevention program that targets underachieving students at risk of dropping out. The three primary program goals are to: 1. increase school performance (reflected by decreases in truancy and increases in grade point averages [GPA]) 2. decrease drug involvement 3. improve mood management (reflected by decreases in depression, anger, and anxiety) The class concentrates on skills training within the context of adult and peer support. The class aims to help at-risk youth strengthen protective factors while reducing suicide and other related risk factors in four primary areas: school, peers, family, and self. The program targets students in grades 9 through 12 who show signs of poor school achievement and potential for dropping out of high school (low grades and absenteeism) and Page 41 of 72

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