Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

The Alfond Youth Center in Waterville, Maine is the only combined Boys and Girls Club and YMCA in the country. This organization meets the needs of the central Maine community by providing an after school program on a sliding scale based of family income, pay-for-play recreational opportunities, and other services such as dental care and counseling when needed. Rebound to Success, another Alfond Youth Center-sponsored program, is a juvenile diversion program for first time offenders aged 11-18 in Kennebec and Somerset Counties. Most of the crimes the participants have committed are drug defined or related offenses (ie. possession or use, violent behavior resulting from drug effects such as stealing to buy drugs). According to Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS), in Kennebec County, 4.6 % middle school students and 21.6% of high school students report to having used marijuana in the past 30 days. While 20.3 % of Somerset County high school students and 20.1% Kennebec County high school students report to have been offered, sold or given an illegal drug on their school property in the past 12 months. Their crimes, whether drug defined or related, lead them towards serving time in the juvenile detention center; however, participation Rebound to Success is an opportunity for these young people to start over. The students meet with off-duty Oakland Police Captain Rick Stubbert twice a week for 2.5-3 hours for a total of two months. In 10 years, the program has 300 student-graduates with a non-reoffending rate of over 80%. However, this past year, this successful program ran out of funding. A team of student grant-writers is working to present the best compelling case of funding to their class peers in the Sociology Departments Learning by Giving Class to receive the grant.

Faculty Sponsor

Tom Morrione

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Sociology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

660

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May 1st, 2:00 PM May 1st, 3:00 PM

A Learning By Giving Student Grant--Alfond Youth Center Rebound to Success Program: Opportunity, Prevention, Focus

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

The Alfond Youth Center in Waterville, Maine is the only combined Boys and Girls Club and YMCA in the country. This organization meets the needs of the central Maine community by providing an after school program on a sliding scale based of family income, pay-for-play recreational opportunities, and other services such as dental care and counseling when needed. Rebound to Success, another Alfond Youth Center-sponsored program, is a juvenile diversion program for first time offenders aged 11-18 in Kennebec and Somerset Counties. Most of the crimes the participants have committed are drug defined or related offenses (ie. possession or use, violent behavior resulting from drug effects such as stealing to buy drugs). According to Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS), in Kennebec County, 4.6 % middle school students and 21.6% of high school students report to having used marijuana in the past 30 days. While 20.3 % of Somerset County high school students and 20.1% Kennebec County high school students report to have been offered, sold or given an illegal drug on their school property in the past 12 months. Their crimes, whether drug defined or related, lead them towards serving time in the juvenile detention center; however, participation Rebound to Success is an opportunity for these young people to start over. The students meet with off-duty Oakland Police Captain Rick Stubbert twice a week for 2.5-3 hours for a total of two months. In 10 years, the program has 300 student-graduates with a non-reoffending rate of over 80%. However, this past year, this successful program ran out of funding. A team of student grant-writers is working to present the best compelling case of funding to their class peers in the Sociology Departments Learning by Giving Class to receive the grant.

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