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Focus Areas

The Institute’s focus areas align with those of the Partnership for Youth Justice (PYJ),  a collaborative body comprised of multiple New York State governmental agencies working to improve outcomes for youth in the justice system. The PYJ’s current focus areas include racial and ethnic disparities (R.E.D.), persons in need of supervision (PINS), youth with sexual behavior problems (YSPB), youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and youth, gender responsiveness, rural communities, transition-age youth, and electronic monitoring.  

To support jurisdictions seeking evidence-based youth and family-focused programs and services, the Youth Justice Institute has compiled a directory of evidence-based programs (EBPs) organized by challenge area, program setting, and specific goals. We encourage counties, municipalities, and practitioners to contact us for assistance identifying and implementing appropriate EBPs, and also for assistance evaluating EBPs and local innovations.