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POLICE DEPARTMENT APPLIES FOR GRANT FOR YOUTH ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD FUNDING

/uploadedImages/Departments/Test/Images/PD_Web.jpgThe Pasadena Police Department has applied for a $38,853 Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help fund the Youth Accountability Board program.

The Youth Accountability Board helps juvenile offenders and juveniles who are having difficulties at home and school reflect on their mistakes, correct their actions and succeed in the future. Swift and appropriate consequences are imposed on youth offenders. Parents share responsibility in the juveniles recognizing the consequences of his/her actions and forming a foundation for better decision making. Weekly therapy sessions enable the juveniles and their families to find productive and healthy solutions to everyday problems.

During a typical first Youth Accountability Board meeting, a set of three community board members meet with the troubled youth and his/her family, as well as the investigating detective, a therapy representative and the program coordinator. The Board reviews school attendance, grades, and attendance in counseling sessions. Questions are asked to determine how the Board can help support the family at home, school, and in the community. Once the Board hears all aspects, they discuss and propose an accountability contract that addresses the juvenile’s behavior and any other underlying issues that may have led to them to appear in front of the board. If the juvenile and the family agree to the contract, they must commit to the terms of the contract for five months. Contracts require counseling, acceptable school grades and attendance, community service, letters of apology to family and victims and monthly status meetings with the Youth Accountability Board. Completing the program results in no criminal record of minor’s offense and the juveniles and their family are better prepared to face life challenges. As a follow up to their participation, referrals are made to other mentorship programs facilitated by the Pasadena Police Department.

Members of the Youth Accountability Board are graduates of the Pasadena Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy who live or work in Pasadena and have passed a background investigation and training.

Visit
www.cityofpasadena.net/police/comments_webmaster.htm to comment on the grant application for the Youth Accountability Board. 

Posted: 5/12/2014 10:10:00 AM