United Communities to Advance our Neighborhoods, (UCAN) Inc.

"YOU CAN Change the World!"

Why is this Important?

     Our workshops can be scheduled whenever desired by the requesting organization.   We can also provide some workshops and services after-school.  Just as youth need care, direction, positive reinforcement & correction-they need chaperoning.   Many youth are simply left alone after school.   For some, this might not pose as a temptation.  However, it can lead to a detachment from structure, getting involved with the "wrong crowd", not using their time efficiently, sadness, pre-marital sex, drug experimentation, and worse.  Basically, the common denominator is that  our youth NEED HELP!

     We especially offer workshops to help to give middle school students through high school, skills to reinforce and expand what they're learning at school or in the community by providing a forum to question, learn, practice, and have fun with a positive outlet.  These students can also receive supervision who otherwise would be unchaperoned at home.  Why is this important?

Many problems including crime and theft occur with youth who are unchaperoned between the hours of 3:00pm and 6:00pm.  Many of the thefts are committed at the malls.

Myth:
"Youth do not commit sex offenses."

Fact:
Adolescents are responsible for a significant number of rape and child molestation cases each year.

Sexual assaults committed by youth are a growing concern in this country. Currently, it is estimated that adolescents (ages 13 to 17) account for up to one-fifth of all rapes and one-half of all cases of child molestation committed each year (Barbaree, Hudson, and Seto, 1993). In 1995, youth were involved in 15% of all forcible rapes cleared by arrest—approximately 18 adolescents per 100,000 were arrested for forcible rape. In the same year, approximately 16,100 adolescents were arrested for sexual offenses, excluding rape and prostitution (Sickmund, Snyder, Poe-Yamagata, 1997).

 

The majority of these incidents of sexual abuse involve adolescent male perpetrators. However, prepubescent youths also engage in sexually abusive behaviors.

 Characteristics of juvenile sex offenders:

·  Juvenile sex offenders are typically between the ages of 13 and 17.

·  They are generally male.

·  30-60% exhibit learning disabilities and academic dysfunction.

·  Up to 80% have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder.

·  Many have difficulties with impulse control and judgment.

·  20-50% have histories of physical abuse.

·  40-80% have histories of sexual abuse.

 

(Sex Offender statistics from Center for Sex Offender Management Publication.) 

 

Tri-State After School  Care Statistics*

 

We must give children and youth a safe place to go and positive activities after school.  Youth, parents and communities benefit from present, well-guided leadership.

 

1.  Approximately, 1/5  of  K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.

        Kentucky – 19%

  Ohio – 28%

West Virginia -  16%

 

 

2.  More than ¼ of  K-12 youth in self-care would likely participate in after-school programs if they were available.

        Kentucky – 24%

  Ohio – 25%

West Virginia -  27%

 

3.  Most parents who use after school programs, are satisfied.

        Kentucky – 98%

  Ohio – 95%

West Virginia -  98%

 

4. Between  ten to thirty thousand students count on U. S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to after-school.

        Kentucky – 13,700

  Ohio – 30,500

West Virginia -  27,300

 

5.  If No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act  were fully funded, we could more than double the number of after-school programs.

        Kentucky – 35,500

  Ohio – 72,200

West Virginia -  19,600

 

 

 

 

* Chart was created by UCAN, Inc. based upon Statistics (rounded down) from Parent Magazine, September 2007 and After-School Alliance.

 

Statistics presented throughout the Report find that racial disparity in the juvenile justice system is declining. For example, the black juvenile violent crime arrest rate in the late 1980s was six times the white rate-by 2003, it had fallen to four times the white rate. During the same period, the black juvenile arrest rate for drug abuse violations fell from five times to less than double the white rate.

(Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report)

There are many dynamics affecting these startling disproportionate violations that include family breakdowns, economical & environmental challenges and the legal representation system as a whole.

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