Provides guidance for workforce development professionals to understand the specialized needs of justice-involved youth between the ages 14-22.

“In America there is an expectation that youth will grow up, get an education, develop skills, get a job, become economically self-sufficient and contribute to society. However, for many youth today, there are enormous challenges to achieving this goal. There is a growing recognition that youth involved in the juvenile corrections system represent one of the most vulnerable populations in our country” (p.iv).

The purpose of this guide “is to help [workforce development] professionals involved with a wide array of youth-serving organizations acquire an understanding of youth in the juvenile corrections system, how and why they become involved in the juvenile corrections system, and some of the critical challenges that stand in the way of their successful transition into adulthood and economic self-sufficiency” (p.1).

(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full publication title: Making the Right Turn: A Guide About Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Corrections System

Major Findings & Recommendations

“All youth, particularly at-risk youth (e.g., youth with mental health needs, other youth with disabilities), achieve better outcomes when they have access to: • school-based preparatory experiences; • career-preparation and work-based experiences; • youth development and leadership opportunities; • connecting activities (support and community services); • family involvement and supports” (p.14). In order to facilitate greater access to these services and activities, the guide provided the following recommendations: • “Adherence to federal law” (p.37). • “Transitioning out of juvenile corrections” (p.39). • “Expanding Promising Practices” (p.40). • “Expanding System Collaboration” (p.40). • “Professional Development” (p.40). • “Research and Evaluation” (p.41). (Abstractor: Author)