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DATE: January 26, 2001
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247
STCC Local Site for National Court-Involved Youth Teleconference
Southwest Tennessee Community College is the local host institution for a nationwide teleconference, Employment and Training for Court-Involved Youth, which will air from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 1, in the Farris Auditorium at the Macon Cove Campus, 5983 Macon Cove. This national satellite broadcast is sponsored by a special task force comprised of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Association of Home Builders, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Labor and the Juvenile Justice Telecommunications Assistance Project at Eastern Kentucky University. It is free and open to the public. Students with a concentration in criminal justice and individuals working in youth corrections are especially encouraged to attend.
Patsy Anderson, director of STCC's Gill Center in Frayser, is site coordinator for the teleconference. She explained that court-involved youth are those who come in contact with the juvenile justice system for committing a status offense or delinquent act. More than 2.8 million arrests of persons under the age of 18 were made in 1997, representing about 9.3 percent of the U.S. population between the ages of 10 and 17.
A primary focus of the teleconference is to demonstrate how employability is critical to the success of high-risk youth. Research presented in the broadcast reinforces past findings that show a strong link between crime and the lack of economic opportunity.
Specific topics of discussion at the teleconference include A National Perspective for Employment and Training for Court-Involved Youth, the Craft-Avon Park Youth Academy, the Workforce Investment Act, and the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services. Anderson said the discussions are designed to create support networks that help youth develop appropriate attitudes and behaviors for participation in the community and the workforce.
A highlight of the teleconference will be a report given by the Task Force on Employment and Training for Court-Involved Youth. According to the report, there are six primary systems that affect court-involved youth: juvenile justice, workforce development, education, social services, community-based organizations and the labor market. The report notes that effective job preparation requires a partnership between these systems.
For additional information, call Patsy Anderson at (901) 333-5970.
Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.