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.

  1. A clear, conscious plan.
  2. Consider development needs of the youth.
  3. Client input determines the goals.

    Barbara Grodd with first FOIA intern Allison Arthur at funder.
  4. Milestone chart to record progress adjust as needed, but consistent insistence on achieving goals.
  5. Non-punitive incentives over punishment.
  6. Opportunities for youth decision making and leadership.
  7. Both self and outside program evaluation in the belief that continual evaluation will lead to new levels of success.
  8. A pro-active stance.
  9. Adhere to mission statement.
  10. Contract with other agencies.
  11. Create an environment of trust by nurturing, pushing and, most of all, caring, i.e., surrogate family.
  12. Focus on the long term, not the quick fix.
  13. Continuous case management.
  14. 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.

At funder: Barbara, her husband Clifford (left), and veteran staff member Lonny Shockley (right).
Requests for additional information regarding current program services data fax request to Beth Navon, the Executive Director at (212) 760-0766 or e-mail foiany@yahoo.com or visit FOIA on the web at www.foiany.org

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.

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