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Involvement with the juvenile justice system can have a long-lasting negative impact on a young person’s life – including decreased education and career opportunities, reduced access to housing, and increased chances of involvement with the justice system as an adult. Afterschool and summer learning programs provide safe and supervised environments, promote positive decision-making and social-emotional skills, build protective factors, decrease risky behaviors, and offer opportunities to build trusting relationships with caring adults and peers. Regular participation in high quality afterschool programs can help keep young people out of the juvenile justice system.


Youth Violence Prevention Resources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Technical Packages for Violence Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

VetoViolence Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Council for Strong America


The Front PorchThe Front Porchb> Community-based risk reduction program

Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court School-Justice Partnership National Resource Center


At-Promise Center Atlanta Police Foundation

At-Promise brings police and community partners together to create pathways to success. This model focuses on three major areas: Diversion, Intervention and Prevention

Juvenile Justice Strategies Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Foundation’s juvenile justice reform agenda is designed to improve the odds that at-risk youth can make successful transitions to adulthood.

From Risk to Opportunity: Afterschool Programs Keep Kids Safe Council for Strong America

High Quality Afterschool Programs in Georgia Council for Strong America

Trauma-Informed Practices:

National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment. Adverse Childhood Experiences and the School-Age Population: Implications for Child Care Policy and Out-of-School Time Programs https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/public/ncase-aces-implications-child-care-508c_2.pdf

Fact Sheets/Reports:

America After 3 PM Afterschool Alliance

This is Afterschool Afterschool Alliance

This is Afterschool: Helping Kids Reach Their Full Potential Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool: Fostering Protective Factors that Can Last a Lifetime. Afterschool Alliance

Promoting Healthy Futures Afterschool Alliance

What does the research say about afterschool? Afterschool Alliance

School safety report by DOE

Juvenile Justice Update Voices for Georgia’s Children

Juvenile Justice Roadmap Voices for Georgia’s Children

Gang and Youth Violence Prevention Voices for Georgia’s Children and Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network