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Helping at-risk youth: Lessons from community-based initiatives (Morley & Rossman 1997)

  • Findings

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    Evidence Rating

    Not Rated


Morley, E., & Rossman, S. (1997). Helping at-risk youth: Lessons from community-based initiatives. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.


  • The report sought to provide guidance on best practices for operating programs for at-risk youth.
  • The authors based their conclusions on best practices from evaluations they conducted of three comprehensive, integrated programs for at-risk youth: Communities in Schools, SafeFutures, and Children at Risk. Each of these programs was designed to coordinate services across community agencies in order to prevent and mitigate risky behaviors among at-risk youth.
  • The authors provided suggested practices in six key areas: services integration, case management, parental involvement, volunteer tutors and mentors, fund-raising and marketing, and monitoring of program outcomes to improve accountability.

Intervention Examined

Communities in Schools (CIS) and SafeFutures

Reviewed by CLEAR

July 2014