Street outreach workers

Street outreach workers : best practices and lessons learned: innovative practices from the Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative Series
Decker, Scott H. (Author)
Bynum, Tim S. (Author)
McDevitt, Jack (Author)
Farrell, Amy (Author)
Varano, Sean (Author)
Northeastern University, July 01, 2008
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Street outreach workers are an important part of the Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative (CSI) comprehensive gang and youth violence reduction strategy in Massachusetts. Street outreach involves the use of individuals to "work the streets," making contact with youth in neighborhoods with high levels of gang activity. These individuals are generally not employed by the criminal justice system agencies but rather are based in community service organizations or other non- governmental agencies. Street outreach workers provide an important bridge between the community, gang-involved youth, and the agencies (whether social service or law enforcement) that respond to the problems of delinquency and gangs.
This guide offers information, guidance, and lessons learned from street outreach programs nationally and within the Massachusetts Shannon CSI communities to help guide existing street outreach programs and support communities considering developing new street outreach programs. The guide provides the following information:
∙ History of street outreach worker programs in the United States
∙ Functions and characteristics of street outreach worker programs
∙ Street outreach programs in Massachusetts
∙ Challenges of street outreach worker programs and recommendations for success
Report produced by the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University. This project was supported by Grant #2005-DB-BX-0014, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research.
Subjects and keywords:
Gang prevention
Violence in adolescence
Violence in children
Juvenile delinquency
youth violence reduction
gang violence reduction
street outreach workers
Criminology and Criminal Justice
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