Pilot Evaluation of a Conservation Corps Program for Young Adults.

Authors:
Caitlin S Sayegh
Caitlin S Sayegh
San Bernardino | United States
Stanley J Huey
Stanley J Huey
University of Southern California
Los Angeles | United States
Janet U Schneiderman
Janet U Schneiderman
University of Southern California
United States
Sarah A Redmond
Sarah A Redmond
Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR)

Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol 2019 Apr 17:306624X19843424. Epub 2019 Apr 17.

3 University of California, Irvine, USA.

Education and employment programs may be effective at reducing problem behaviors among at-risk young adults. This pilot study evaluated whether participants in a Conservation Corps program ( N = 100) showed changes in antisocial behavior, gang membership, and substance use during the program. Participants were young adults between 18 and 24 years who were predominantly male (60%) and ethnic minority (62% Latino; 31% African American). Over the course of the 22-week program, participants showed significant decreases in self-reported antisocial behavior and gang involvement, and approximately 28% earned a high school diploma. However, only 61% completed the program, and subgroup analyses suggested that decreased gang membership and antisocial behaviors were mostly driven by program completers. These limited pilot results suggest that the Conservation Corps offers vulnerable young adults opportunities for education advancement and a possible pathway to criminal desistance. However, education and employment programs should make retention a priority.

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April 2019

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