Improving Mentoring Services for Youth in Hennepin County

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Hosted by Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota on October 30, 2012. The Mentoring Best Practices Research Project, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), is being conducted in collaboration with Global Youth Justice and the National Partnership for Juvenile Services.

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<ul><li> 1. Improving Mentoring Servicesfor Youth in Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Settings </li> <li> 2. Agenda11:30am Lunch &amp; Welcome11:55am Mentoring Programs Current Hennepin CountyPartners12:15pm Introductions &amp; Reflection12:45pm Research Roundup1:15pm State of Mentoring in Hennepin County1:30pm Break1:45pm Improving Mentoring Services Dialogue3:45pm Resources &amp; Evaluations </li> <li> 3. Project Overview </li> <li> 4. Project OverviewThe Office of Juvenile Justice andDelinquency Prevention (OJJDP)is a leader in recognizing thatwell-designed and well-implemented mentoring can havea tremendous, positive impact ona youths life chances inparticular, high-risk youth. </li> <li> 5. Project OverviewOJJDP funded Researching the ReferralStage of Youth Mentoring in Six JuvenileJustice Settings: Juvenile Corrections Juvenile Detention Juvenile Probation Delinquency Court Youth/Teen Court Dependency Court </li> <li> 6. Project OverviewThis exploratory research is designedto inform the mentoring referralprocess for delivery of mentoringservices to high-risk youth for thepurpose of reducing delinquentbehavior, alcohol and drug abuse,truancy, and other problem behaviors. </li> <li> 7. Partner Research Team Organizations J. Mitchell Miller, MENTOR Ph.D.Global Youth Justice Holly V. Miller, Ph.D.National Partnership J.C. Barnes, Ph.D.for Juvenile Services </li> <li> 8. Learning ObjectivesParticipants will gain an understanding of: Six juvenile justice settings The advantages and challenges of offering mentoring services within each setting Promising practices mentoring within or in partnership with each setting with a focus on the referral stage </li> <li> 9. Why are wehere today? </li> <li> 10. Mentoring Programs </li> <li> 11. Research Round Up </li> <li> 12. Research Questions What are the best practices in identifying and referring youth to mentoring programs across distinct juvenile justice settings? What is the capacity of the mentoring community to support the youth identified for mentoring from six juvenile justice settings? What intermediate outcomes are achieved by mentoring throughout the settings? </li> <li> 13. Qualitative Data Site visits Interviews with staff and administrators Questionnaires </li> <li> 14. Quantitative Data: Survey Sample Program respondents hailed from a All 50 United The survey variety of States were netted a large community represented by sample size (N types ranging the survey = 1,197) from urban, respondents suburban, rural, and tribal communities. </li> <li> 15. Key Findings </li> <li> 16. Juvenile Detention While mentoring is not used as a diversion from adjudication per se, it is, in many instances, viewed as one component of a holistic approach to delinquency prevention and intervention. </li> <li> 17. Conceptual Model of the Typical Referral Process Identification phaseStep Sources of identification: law enforcement or juvenile probation, family, social worker 1 Court appearanceStep Types of court: youth, family, dependency, delinquency 2 Eligibility assessment by courtStep3 Judge or other governing body assess youth for eligibility in mentor programStep Referral to mentor program by court 4 Referral received by mentor programStep Eligibility determination and assessment by mentor program 5Step Potential mentor identified 6Step Match made between mentor and mentee 7 </li> <li> 18. Who refers youth in JJ settings?Probation officersJudgesMagistratesSocial Workers and Case ManagersPublic DefendersAdministrative Office of the CourtsPolice OfficersCourt ClerksPublic DefendersSchool Officials and Administrators </li> <li> 19. Key Findings: National Survey Juvenile justice settings use 60% mentoring Mentoring programs serve 40% youth from juvenile justice Mentoring programs use 80% individually based mentoring Positive More likely when programs utilized Elements of EffectiveOutcomes Practice for Mentoring </li> <li> 20. Key Findings: National Survey Risk Assessment Prior to Referral DeMajority of juvenile justice settings reportedbetween 76 to 100% of youth are charged with acrime prior to being referred to a mentoringprogramRelatedly, the majority of juvenile justice settingsreported always assessing youth for their levelof risk prior to making a referral to mentoringprogram. </li> <li> 21. Key Findings: National Survey and Site Visits Top Reasons for Match Failure Serious mental Youth or family health issues on refusal or lack of the part of the support youth Lack of suitable adult mentors </li> <li> 22. Key Findings: Site Visits Staff meetings Mentoring juvenile justice youth is more successful when mentoring program staff are involved in regular probation or other staff meetings. </li> <li> 23. Key Findings: Site Visits Voluntary participation Youth have a greater degree of commitment to the mentoring experience when participation is voluntary. </li> <li> 24. Key Findings: Site Visits Knowledge about Juvenile Justice System Mentor/staff should have a background understanding of the Juvenile Justice System. </li> <li> 25. Key Findings: Site Visits Close working partnerships Probation officers and other juvenile justice staff working in close partnership with mentoring program staff is key to successes. </li> <li> 26. Definition of Embedded ProgramsA program that is housedinside a juvenile justicesetting either: developed by the juvenile justice setting or implemented by an outside mentoring program </li> <li> 27. Key Findings: Site VisitsReported Advantages of Embedded Mentoring Programs Greater access to information about youths needs More seamless referral process Greater success in matching and shorter waiting lists More understood and valued by juvenile justice staff Better able to track youths long term outcomes </li> <li> 28. Specialized ProgramsMentoring programs with aspecific and/or sole purpose ofserving youth from a specific JJsetting have an advantageouslevel of knowledge, skill and abilityin providing effective mentoringservices for a wide range of high-risk youth involved in JJ settings. </li> <li> 29. Youth in longer-term placements can build longer-term mentoring relationships. </li> <li> 30. Definitions </li> <li> 31. Juvenile DetentionDependency Juvenile Court Corrections Six Juvenile Justice Settings Youth JuvenileCourt/Teen Probation Court Delinquency Court </li> <li> 32. Juvenile DetentionSecure facilities that providefor the short-term,temporary, safe custodyof juveniles alleged to havecommitted a delinquentact/offense </li> <li> 33. What is thedifferencebetweendetention andcorrections? </li> <li> 34. Juvenile Corrections Secure, residentialJuvenile Detention facilities that provide for the long-term, safe custody of juveniles adjudicated on felony or multiple misdemeanor offenses. These facilities typically are considered to be high security. </li> <li> 35. Juvenile ProbationCommunity-basedcorrections program whereprobation officers supervise andmonitor youth under courtjurisdiction, ensuring they complywith all court orders. Probationofficer provides direction, guidance,rehabilitation. </li> <li> 36. Delinquency CourtJuvenile Detention Courts have Delinquency jurisdiction over juveniles, juvenile delinquents, status offenders and children and youth in need of supervision. The Delinquency Court is most commonly associated with the Juvenile Justice System and juveniles who have committed a crime, offense and/or violation. </li> <li> 37. Youth Court/ Teen CourtJuvenile Detention Diversion programs in which peers sentence juveniles for minor crimes, offenses and/or violations. These programs are administered locally by law enforcement agencies, probation departments, delinquency courts, schools and local nonprofit organizations. </li> <li> 38. Dependency Court DependencyJuvenile DetentionCourts involve a juvenile (child/youth), typically in cases of abuse, neglect and mistreatment. The Dependency Court is most commonly associated with foster care, abuse and neglect issues involving youth younger than 18. </li> <li> 39. Mentoring Best Practices </li> <li> 40. Places referred youth in appropriate mentor programs Assists JP staff and mentor programs to strengthen communication Bridges mentor best practices and Juvenile Services to support youth, families, JS and mentor programs. E.G. 12 month requirement and one-one mentoring. Understands and can speak for both entities. Ensure mentors visit youth and/or stay in contact with mentor if in placement Ensure mentors are updated when client moves, changes numbers </li> <li> 41. Develop clear expectations for mentor programs Enhance communication between mentor program and JP staff Identify youth that are suited for each mentor program Ensure internal and external mentor programs have the ability to serve youth in JJ settings Present when making decisions about mentoring for JJ youth </li> <li> 42. Centralized location to make all mentor partners more accessible Standard Referral Form Mentor Chart of Services Establish PO as first point of contact to connect mentor and client/mentee Prepare client for match guide Mentor Monthly Progress Reports to Update POs </li> <li> 43. Centralized location to make all JP mentor partners more accessible. </li> <li> 44. Identify youth suitable for each mentor program Conduct Sight visits to develop stronger working relationship with mentoring partners Training/Overview for mentor programs Establishing expectations for mentors Update to staff about referral process </li> <li> 45. Improving Mentoring Services for Youth in Hennepin County </li> <li> 46. Small Groups How are youth from this What best practices must setting identified and we adopt in our referred to mentoring community in order to programs in our serve youth from thiscommunity? What works juvenile justice setting? well? What has not? What are the pros and cons of mentoring for youth involved in this setting? </li> <li> 47. Resources: Profiles,MOUs, and Elements of E...</li></ul>

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