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Overcoming Barriers: 8% Lessons Learned
Overcoming barriers: 8% lessons learned
Changing Mind-Sets

One of the greatest barriers to implementing the 8% Early Intervention Program can be the need to change the mind-sets of those involved. On the program side, everyone involved with the project, from the field deputies, teachers, counselors, and mentors to the managers and researchers, must fully understand the unique challenges posed by this particular group of youthful offenders. Likewise, everyone involved, including the targeted youth and families, must believe that change for the better is possible. Being at either end of the spectrum, either overly optimistic or patently pessimestic, will cause the 8% Early Intervention Program participants to falter.

Those designing intervention strategies for 8% youth and families and those implementing programs should acknowledge that ...

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