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Project New Pride

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Project New Pride is a nonresidential community-based program for juvenile offenders that blends counseling, alternative schooling, correction of learning disabilities, vocational training, job placement, recreation, and cultural activities.
Begun in Denver in 1973, Project New Pride has been so successful in treating delinquent youth that in 1979 the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration provided funds for the project's replication at 10 sites. The youths served by the project are between 14 and 17 years old; they have at least two prior convictions for serious misdemeanors or felonies and are formally charged or convicted of another offense when referred to New Pride. Staff members collect background information on referred youths from sources such as the courts, friends, teachers, and parents, and the youths are then screened and tested. The staff considers all relevant information when mapping out an individualized plan of realistic goals in education, social adjustment, employment, or vocational training for the youths. Participation in New Pride involves 6 months of intensive programming and a 6-month followup period, during which the youth slowly reintegrates into the community. New Pride is unique in its ability to address all of a youth's needs in one program. New pride achieves one-step programming through intensive supervision from the youth's intake through the end of his involvement with the program. Sources for more information on Project New Pride are listed, and 13 photographs are included.