Although there is no single effective treatment or alternative for all
youthful offenders, following below are general non-quantifiable guidelines that are precursors for success.
- A clear, conscious plan.
- Consider development needs of the youth.
- Client input determines the goals.
Barbara Grodd with first FOIA intern Allison Arthur at funder.
- Milestone chart to record progress – adjust as needed, but consistent
insistence on achieving goals.
- Non-punitive incentives over punishment.
- Opportunities for youth decision making and leadership.
- Both self and outside program evaluation in the belief that continual
evaluation will lead to new levels of success.
- A pro-active stance.
- Adhere to mission statement.
- Contract with other agencies.
- Create an environment of trust by nurturing, pushing and, most
of all, caring, i.e., surrogate family.
- Focus on the long term, not the quick fix.
- Continuous case management.
- Highly qualified staff
While much has been accomplished, much more needs to be done.
Such will always be the case with programs willing to take risks and to
change to meet new challenges. FOIA will always be defining
what it means to provide better service.
Requests for additional information regarding current program services
data – fax request to Beth Navon, the Executive Director at (212) 760-0766
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit FOIA on the web at www.foiany.org
At funder: Barbara, her husband Clifford (left), and veteran staff member Lonny Shockley (right).
For information on start-up techniques, including fund raising information, and media coverage – fax request to Barbara Grodd (212) 983-2742.
Norma Green continues to support the program from Florida where she
retired in 1993. Barbara Grodd continues to raise funds for FOIA
from foundations and individuals and remains on the Board of Directors.