Rehabilitating our youth
Stop Horsing Around
A Program mandated by the Court System to Help Prevent youth violence in the community.
This program is unique in the sense that it provides the individual an alternative environment to engage in other life skills in addition to being exposed to other life sources.
Youth under the age of 18 who are accused of committing a delinquent or criminal act are typically processed through a juvenile justice system1. While similar to that of the adult criminal justice system in many ways—processes include arrest, detainment, petitions, hearings, adjudications, dispositions, placement, probation, and reentry—the juvenile justice process operates according to the premise that youth are fundamentally different from adults, both in terms of level of responsibility and potential for rehabilitation. The primary goals of the juvenile justice system, in addition to maintaining public safety, are skill development, habilitation, rehabilitation, addressing treatment needs, and successful reintegration of youth into the community.
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As our lives continue to be influenced by technology, the need for programmers is critical. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that 1.4 million jobs will be created in computing related fields, but U.S. graduates are only on pace to filling 29% of them. A recent study by the National Science Foundation tells us that 64% of the science and engineering workforce in the United States is made up of white or Asian males; 27% are white, Hispanic or black females; and 7% are black or Hispanic males.
Throughout the years, a “digital divide” has grown between those who know how to use computers, and those who do not. In response to this need, Daniel Kent began Net Literacy in 2003 as a sophomore in high school in order to establish a program where students teach senior citizens computer skills on a one-to-one basis. Since that time, Net Literacy has expanded beyond its original program, Senior Connects, to develop an integrated series of digital literacy programs including Community Connects, Safe Connects, Financial Connects, and Computer Connects, all of which focus on different aspects of the ever-evolving digital divide that first inspired their work.
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