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Reaching Out to Youth out of the Education Mainstream

NCJ Number
Date Published
February 1997
12 pages
A joint program of the United States Departments of Justice and Education aims to address the needs of youth who do not attend school regularly because they are truants or dropouts, afraid to attend school, suspended or expelled, or in need of help to be reintegrated into regular schools from juvenile detention and correctional settings.
The Youth Out of the Education Mainstream (YOEM) initiative also seeks to raise public awareness of this problem and the need for programs to help at-risk youth continue their education and become contributing members of society. The YOEM initiative consists of sharing information through regional meetings, providing intensive training and technical assistance to 10 demonstration sites, and disseminating resource documents to support communities working to help young people avoid the school-related risks that can seriously damage their life chances and lead to juvenile delinquency. Both prevention and intervention strategies recognize that the vast majority of children have the ability to learn academic, personal, and social skills that will help them become self-sufficient and productive adults. A 1-day meeting in May 1996 announced the initiative and was attended by more than 325 representatives from the juvenile justice system, law enforcement, education, business community, foundations and associations, social services, youth-serving agencies, and other related fields. Notes and lists of resources

Date Published: February 1, 1997