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Mesa County Partners

Mesa County Partners was established in 1977 and is currently comprised of three main programs .Our one-to-one mentoring program, Restitution/Work Program, and the Western Co. Conservation Corps serve over 1,000 at-risk youth in Mesa County annually.

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Mentoring Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21

Description

The Mentoring Program focuses on providing trained, screened, and supervised adult volunteers to function as mentors, tutors, and positive role models for youth who are in need of additional support.

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Evidence of Program's Success

For the overall analyses for 2010-2014, several of the scales showed statistically significant change in a positive direction from pre-test to post-test, indicating Junior partners may have experienced a significant positive influence in these areas from the program: Youth showed a statistically significant increase in decision making on the overall scale, as well as for one item; two others reached marginal significance. Youth showed a statistically significant increase in communication skills on the overall scale in the social and communication skills.

Resitution Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The Restitution/Community Service Work Program started in 1980 at the request of the Court System. The Program has been expanded to supervise an average of 900 to 1,000 juvenile offenders annually. The offenders are referred by local law enforcement, District Attorney's Office, Municipal, County and District Courts, the Probation Department and the Division of Youth Corrections. The primary components include: 1. Community service work; 2. Earning and paying restitution to victims; 3. Victim/Offender Mediation; 4. Victim Empathy Classes; and 5. Minor in Possession Classes (Substance Abuse Prevention).
Juveniles are supervised by Partners staff through work crews to perform court ordered community service work and to earn restitution stipends to pay back their victims for damages and losses incurred. In 2013 to date 857 juveniles were supervised with 21,100 hours of community service work completed and $90,200 of restitution paid, with an 88% successful completion rate. Case managers conduct intake interviews, assign offenders to work crews, maintain case files and work records, make payments to victims and submit monthly reports to the courts and DA's Office. The Partners Work Program is used by the court system to hold offenders accountable, to teach them responsibility for their actions and to give back to the community. The Partners employees conduct Victim/Offender meditations for specific cases--a face to face meeting to discuss the offense and what needs to be done by the offender to heal the situation. Partners Staff members conduct life skills classes, victim empathy classes and substance abuse prevention classes which enhance the youth's competencies and awareness of the impacts of their behaviors on others. The Program is designed to hold juveniles accountable for their actions but also help the juveniles learn some new skills and competencies. Many offenders are younger and not able to get a job on their own. The youth would not successfully pay off their victims if the Work Program did not

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Partners Work Program is the only community-based sentencing resource for the local court system and law enforcement for juvenile offenders. The Work Program provides the juvenile offenders with the opportunity to pay back society, to learn from their mistakes, to pay restitution to their victims and to learn life skills and positive work habits. The Work Program provides substance abuse prevention education, Life Skills and victim empathy classes and face to face victim/offender meditations as a way to assist the youth in making better and more educated decisions and to realize the impact their crimes on themselves, their families and the victims. The successful completion rate for 2013 was 88% with a 12% re-arrest rate according to evaluation performed by Omni Research. The Omni evaluation followed offenders for 2 years after their completion to measure re-arrest; therefore, the 12% recidivism rate covers youth who also worked in 2011 and 012 in the Work Program. In 2013 857 juveniles were supervised with $90,200 of restitution paid to victims and 21,100 hours of community service work completed. Once completing the Work Program, most offenders are able to finish their probation or parole supervision successfully. So the major outcomes are to repay victims, complete court orders and reduce future crime and future victimization. The results of the pre/post tests for the Victim Empathy Classes for 2012-13 showed that the juveniles improved their attitudes about the negative impact of their crime on their victims and they should be held accountable to repair the harm they did.

Western Colorado Conservation Corps

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

The Western Colorado Conservation Corps provides young men and women ages 16-25 with the opportunity to work and learn in an outside setting on and about local conservation projects. WCCC offers a variety of education programs in conjunction with job/career training. Employees of WCCC will be given the tools necessary for the successful completion of high school, have the opportunity to earn their GED, learn about eco-conscious recreation and current conservation issues, and be given the option to earn an AmeriCorps Education Award for higher learning.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evaluation results are used to measure program effectiveness. An 80% success rate among members is the target. These members will have increased self-reports on the measures of the entrance and exit survey and will either find gainful employment, return to high school, obtain a GED, go on to college, or any combination of the like.

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