YOUTH INTERVENTION PROGRAM (YIP) TALKING POINTS

  • Youth Intervention is a successful, cost-effective approach to reaching at-risk youth precisely when they are at the crossroads of choosing the right path or a life of crime.
  • Youth Intervention Programs are community-based programs that provide the most effective approach to keeping youth from further involvement in the juvenile justice system. 
  • The programs keep young people who are on the verge of big trouble out of it.Youth Intervention Programs are an excellent example of how community and state governments can partner to keep youth at home, in school, and ready to become productive citizens. 
  • Funding for this partnership is critical, and each Youth Intervention Program must raise $2 for every $1 they obtain from the state.
  • Youth Intervention Programs save the state and taxpayers money.

The state of Minnesota pays 236 times more to put a youth through the juvenile correction system than it does to offer early intervention services.  According to the Rand Report, for every $1 spent on early intervention, at least $3 is saved in future spending.  Here’s an overview of the cost to citizens for one child to enter various stages in the juvenile justice system:

  • Youth Intervention Programs: $2000 per youth/year
  • Juvenile court system: $3,500 (per case) 
  • Group home: $56,100 per youth/year
  • Residential treatment facility: $75,300 per youth/year
  • Juvenile correctional facility confinement: $45,000 per youth/year
  • Youth Intervention Programs are successful.  In 2010, Youth Intervention Programs provided early intervention services to over 10,000 MN youth with a success rate of more than 80%

Tailor individual program-specific talking point: [Name of program] provides [specific services offered] for [name of community].  Funding helps us maintain these services, and a loss of funding means XXX [calculate number of youth not helped, $$ spent on  future juvenile correction system, hours cut, staff cut, etc…].  It is a fact that during difficult economic times, youth crime rates increase.  This is the time to invest in early intervention services like the Youth Intervention Program.  I urge you to support our efforts to maintain the funding for the Youth Intervention Programs. 

FACTS:

  • Youth Intervention is a successful, cost-effective approach to reaching at-risk youth precisely when they are at the crossroads of choosing the right path or a life of crime.
  • Youth Intervention Programs are community-based programs that provide the most effective approach to keeping youth in school, in their community, prepared for meaningful employment and out of the costly juvenile justice system. 
  • Youth Intervention Programs are an excellent example of how community and state governments can partner to keep youth at home, in school, and ready to become productive citizens.  Funding for this partnership is critical, and each Youth Intervention Program leverages $2 in community funding for every $1 proved by the state.
  • A 2007 Social Return on Investment (SROI) research study on Minnesota’s Youth Intervention Programs conducted by Paul Anton, Chief Economist of St. Paul based Wilder Research and Dr. Judy Temple, Economist at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute, calculated that:
  • An effective comprehensive program costing around $2,000 per participant returns benefits of $4.89 for every dollar of cost, based on very conservative assumptions about effects and valuations.  Moreover, the program returns $14.68 for every State dollar invested, assuming a 2 to 1 match of other funding.
  • A targeted program to reduce recidivism of property crimes costing approximately $200 per participant returns benefits of $8.18 per dollar invested.
  • Youth Intervention Programs save the state and taxpayers money. The state of Minnesota pays 236 times more to put a youth through the juvenile correction system than it does to offer early intervention services. 

Here’s an overview of the average cost to citizens for one child to enter various stages in the juvenile justice system:

  • Youth Intervention Programs: $2000 per youth/year
  • Juvenile court system: $3,500 (per case)
  • Juvenile correctional facility confinement: $45,000 per youth/year
  • Group home: $56,100 per youth/year
  • Residential treatment facility: $75,300 per youth/year
  • Vanderbilt University economist Mark Cohen calculated the cost to American taxpayers when a young person embraces a life of crime and drug use. Based on Cohen’s analysis it cost taxpayers almost $2 million dollars in criminal justice costs, victim costs, drug abuse related costs, lost wages and taxes.

Youth Intervention Programs are successful.  Analysis of YIP participants who completed a post-test survey upon exiting their program are illuminating positive outcomes for youth:

  • Over 50 percent of youth surveyed self-reported improvement in their grades, attendance and/or behavior at school
  • Over 80 percent of youth surveyed self-report no police tickets, citations and/or or new charges since they began the YIP program
  • 61 percent of youth self-reported abstinence from alcohol and 21 percent reported a decrease in use; 67 percent reported abstinence from marijuana and 15 percent reported a decrease in use; and 85 percent reported abstinence from “other drugs” and 5 percent reported a decrease in use as compared to when they began the YIP program 

Survey results also reveal that individual programs have demonstrated promising or statistically significant improvements in the following areas:

  • Increased youth ability to break big goals down into small steps
  • Increased youth satisfaction with grades and achievement
  • Decreased youth acting before thinking
  • Improved relationship with parents
  • Decreased swearing and threatening at home
  • Decreased irritability and anger; increased ability to control anger

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Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA)
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