Incarcerated Youth

HRCPD works closely with the New York State Education Department to achieve its commitment to reducing the likelihood of repeat criminal behavior and recidivism. The Incarcerated Education Program is based on learner-centered guiding principles promoting academic, occupational, emotional, and personal skill development. To assist educational and correctional staff in creating such an enriching environment, HRCPD offers:

From Incarceration to Productive Lifestyle Series

A Staff Development Package from New York's Incarcerated Education Program is made up of multiple components that can be used alone or as a complete package, depending upon your audience and intended purpose. The three-ring binder includes an overview of the package, information on NYS' Incarcerated Education Program Model, and suggested technical and financial resources. Transition program components -- e.g., decision-making skills, parenting, job development -- are further described on two accompanying videotapes. The instructional guide described below is also included in the binder.

Making the Transition: An Instructional Guide for Incarcerated Youth Education offers support, background information, sample lessons, and positive strategies for education providers within county or municipal correctional facilities.

Transition Programs: Bridging the Gap was developed to share the collective wisdom and experience of education professionals who have successfully guided the transition of hundreds of incarcerated youth and adults back to the community. This document identifies vital components of a transition program and common characteristics of effective transition coordinators.

Breaking Barriers/Rompiendo Barreras is an effort of the Syracuse City School District and the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department. The brochure is an extensive list of Spanish/English phrases for inmates and education and correction personnel. It was prepared by inmate students in an ESL class.

Technical Assistance Teams (TAT) is a peer support model of teams of experienced staff helping others. As an information-gathering and problem-solving group, TAT provides assistance to county municipal correctional facilities and others in the education for incarcerated youth community.

For more information on corrections education, contact the Correctional Education Association or telephone (301) 918 - 1915.

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