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Agency analysis focus forward

  1. 1. Focus Forward Serving Youth in Fresno County Focus Forward mission is to create positive change & promote successful outcomes for youth in the Fresno County juvenile justice & foster care systems.
  2. 2. Strategic Initiatives of Focus Forward  Advocacy and support services  Leadership development  Education and training  Research and policy development
  3. 3. Organizational Structure  Governing Board  Advisory Board  Chief Executive Officer  Program Manager  Bright Futures Program Manager  Program Coordinator  AmeriCorps Vista  Interns & Volunteers
  4. 4. Program Pillars  Accountability  Ethics  Professional Identity Development & Values  Empowerment  Opportunity  Social Justice  Culturally Competent Practice
  5. 5. Intern/Volunteer Role  To assist the youth in developing interpersonal skills at the Juvenile Justice Campus & to the youth as they transition back into the community  The desire to fully commit the role as a mentor at the Juvenile Justice Campus  Following through on assigned dates & times for programming at the Juvenile Justice Campus (Not letting the youth down).
  6. 6. Problems and Issues Affecting Incarcerated Youth  Youth at the Juvenile Justice Campus often come from families with histories of incarceration, abuse and neglect, often lack positive relationships with adults, have strong affiliations with gangs, and frequently perform below grade-level in academics.
  7. 7. Problems and Issues Affecting Incarcerated Youth (cont.)  Youth with a parent in prison are seven times more likely to be involved in the criminal court system and spend time in jail or prison themselves.  The introduction of a reliable mentor during adolescence can greatly reduce the likelihood that such conditions will lead to further criminal activity and incarceration as a an adult.
  8. 8. Roles and Expectation of Social Work Interns  Coach  Motivator  Companion  Counselor  Sponsor  Supporter  Advisor  Tutor  Teacher  Advocate  Career Model
  9. 9. Qualities of a Successful Intern/Volunteer  Commitment  Consistency  Accessibility  Flexibility and Openness  Sense of Humer  Persistence  Respect for youth  Willingness to listen  Kindness and practice  Ability to accept different points of view
  10. 10. Intern/Volunteer Benefits  Supporting a Cause  Making a difference  Self Development  Leadership skills  Friendship  Overcoming fears & accepting challenges  Learning new skills and how to teach them  Gaining valuable experience that will enhance resume
  11. 11. Intern/Volunteer Guidelines  Understanding boundaries  Always be accessible  Maintain regular communication  Follow through on your commitments  Demonstrate trustworthiness  Promote the overall Focus Forward Program  Be reliable  Seek assistance when needed
  12. 12. Do’s and Don’ts  Do: – Appreciate growth – Come prepared – Be honest – Be a good role model – Be punctual – Show and strive for mutual respect
  13. 13. Do’s and Don’ts (cont.)  Don’t – Think you will change the world overnight – Judge – Forget to listen – Try to be a parent – Be late – Try to instill your own values and beliefs
  14. 14. Interns Objectives with Incarcerated Youth  Improve their self esteem  Learn self-reliance  Establish personal goals  Initiate positive actions  Learn to problem solve  Learn to be part of a team
  15. 15. Interns Objectives with Incarcerated Youth (cont.)  Practice civic responsibilities  Learn to identify and build on personal strengths  Learn life skills including conflict mediation and alternatives to violence
  16. 16. Analyzing the Agency’s mission and aims  The need for the Focus Forward agency has shown to have great need for the Fresno County community.  Statistics have shown that Fresno County has a local juvenile detention population higher than the California state average.
  17. 17. Analyzing the Agency’s mission and aims (cont.)  This suggest that either more pervasive and serious juveniles crime, a more aggressive law enforcement response to juvenile crime, or both; May count for this geographical concentration of utilization
  18. 18. Analyzing the Agency’s mission and aims (cont.)  The importance of interventions for serious juvenile offenders cannot be overstated as this group poses a significant challenge to criminal justice agencies both in terms of frequency and seriousness of their offending and later behavior as adults.
  19. 19. Analyzing the Agency’s mission and aims (cont.)  The challenge involved in the treatment of the violent delinquents have been widely reported. By the time most serious delinquents are identified and receive intensive treatment from the juvenile justice system, they are well into their delinquent career.
  20. 20. Analyzing the agency’s practices  The results of institutional juveniles contrasted marketable with those for non- institutional juveniles. With the offenders institutions, the treatment effects are much the same for a given program whatever the same characteristic of the juvenile.
  21. 21. Analyzing the agency’s practices (cont.)  The most successful intervention being the interpersonal skills training, followed by the teaching.
  22. 22. Agency’s social justice, social work values and human rights  The strategy of the agency is to insure that they have members and local communities, to insure that they are not just experts, however have members who have lived it.
  23. 23. Agency’s social justice, social work values and human rights (cont.)  As they aim to empower and transform the local communities and push for social change until power has shifted and the people most affected by the issues as part of the decisions making process.
  24. 24. Agency’s social justice, social work values and human rights (cont.)  As they continue to participate until there is a world where everyone is judged by the content of their character, and helping achieve and empower the youth, to reaching their full potential.