Final Project: Creating a Social Program (HSM/240)
Larry Calhoun Jr.
Axia College of University of Phoenix
The program that I chose to create is a community service program for adolescent girls with addiction problems, which will be called Calhoun Community Services, Inc. “ According to Community Support Service, LLC, (2010), a community support service is an agency committed to providing quality family style residential services. There is a strong belief that individuals who are currently institutionalized or placed in group home settings can better benefit from a private home placement. Community Support Service is founded on the belief that a person can achieve desired goals with the assistance of support systems. At Calhoun Community Services we believe that the most compounding and influencing factors that contribute to one’s ability to establish, implement, and accomplish desired goals are rooted in the makeup of the home environment.” While many people believe that these types of programs are unnecessary, these programs are beneficial to our youth and families. Problem to be addressed
“According to Padfield, (2010), our youth now love luxury so much that they have bad manners, contempt for authority and show little respect for their elders. Children no longer rise when an adult enters the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food, and tyrannize their teachers.” That is why we at Calhoun Community Services believe there is a need for this type of program for adolescent youth (females) and their families who happen to have little or no education. We have decided on a timeline for starting this program and we believe that we can have everything up and running in about six months from the receipt of this proposal. Analysis
When it comes to causes and consequences of female adolescents who require some type of placement, there are several reasons why this is the case. “According to Zahn, (2007), the proportion of females entering the juvenile justice system has risen. In 1980, twenty percent of all juvenile arrests were females; in 2003, this percentage had increased to twenty nine percent with the majority of the increase occurring since the early 1990s. This report shows that the proportion of females committing violent crimes increased from ten percent to eighteen percent and the proportion committing property crimes increased from nineteen percent to thirty two percent. The 14,590 girls in custody in 2003 represented fifteen percent of all juvenile offenders in custody; this was a two percent increase between 1991 and 2003. Although they account for only fifteen percent of the entire population of juvenile offenders in custody in recent years, the proportion of girls in custody has been increasing in the United States. Along with their growing population, a growing body of research is examining the characteristics of these girls. Researchers have identified basic demographic and offense characteristics of girls in custody, as well as characteristics such as family dysfunction, trauma, abuse, mental health issues, substance abuse, risky sexual behavior, academic problems, and delinquent peers as common features among girls in custody. In terms of demographic characteristics, girls in custody tend to be younger; forty six percent of females in custody in 2003 were below the age of fifteen compared with thirty three percent of males.” Even though the causes and consequences of females who require placement are important, it is beneficial to know who the gainers and losers are in this case. In this case the gainers and losers is something that needs to be addressed. We at Calhoun Community Services feel that the gainers of this type of programs will definitely be the females who are helped. These girls will receive counseling from qualified therapists and case managers (Qualified Professionals). As far as losers, we feel that there will be nobody who...
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