Engaging the Community to Reduce Youth Recidivism

Despite significant gains in youth recidivism, the Juvenile Services Division of the Los Angeles County Probation Department faces substantial resource challenges, making strong community engagement essential. The Department seeks to leverage community resources and external funding sources, including public-private partnerships, in order to sustain hard-won recent progress.

To support these efforts, FUSE executive fellow Kim M. Bowman, Jr. will provide a strategic framework for community-based initiatives that is based on best practices. This work will include holding regular convenings with internal and external stakeholders and supporting the implementation of select strategies. Additionally, Kim will develop a management training program that builds internal project management capacity and enhances the county’s ability to provide long-term, community-based care for justice-involved youth.