Gang prevention and intervention strategies of the boys and girls clubs of America

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Carl E. Pope
Rick Lovell


The article summarizes an evaluation of youth gang prevention and intervention programs across 33 boys and girls clubs which were designed to implement strategies and techniques for reaching and mainstreaming at-risk youth or those on the fringe of gag insolvent. Thirty boys and girls club sites were funded as prevention program sites (of which eight receives additional funds to develop youth gang prevention consortiums) and three were funded as intervention program sites.

This study, conducted form April 1991 to February 1992, was designed as a process evaluation, summarizing what happened across the club sites. The information collected and used for evaluation contained basic demographic descriptors, indicators of at-risk factors, and indicators of school performance. The evaluation was based on data obtained from case management information collected by club personal at all sites, on-sites observation, and interviews by members of the research team.

The evaluation center on actual program implementation in order to draw inference concerning the degree to which gang prevention and intervention program objectives were achieved. In addition, the descriptive data suggests that some outcome objectives were achieved; however, the evaluation was note designed as a scientific out study . overall, the results of this evaluation demonstrate that these programs were effective in reaching targeted youth and that come of the efforts implemented deserve consideration by those planning future prevention and/or intervention undertakings.

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