Graduate Project

Analyzing At-Risk Youth Programs in San Diego, California to Develop a Non-Profit Organization

The issue of at-risk youth and juvenile recidivism is an enormous challenge for public administration. Administrators are not only faced with the significant costs associated with these issues, but a juvenile correctional system set on maintaining the status quo. These costs are not just tied to the criminal justice system, but take a significant toll on society as well. In addition, data surrounding this topic remains limited, especially related to effective intervention and prevention strategies. Many programs have been developed from previous services aimed at adult intervention. Therefore, little is known about program outcomes related to juvenile recidivism and at-risk youth. Thus, evaluation with respect to effective programming is essential to the practice of public administration. This study is aimed at identifying effective programming in San Diego using a qualitative approach that resulted in preliminary data worthy of further review. Ultimately, analysis concluded several factors that characterize best practices with respect to administering at-risk programming. Research for this project was performed in conjunction with developing a non-profit organization informed with elements of successful programming discovered through analysis.