Juvenile Justice Initiative

Outcome/Evaluation Summary

Juvenile Justice Initiative PDF Report:

Safe Passages Outcome/Evaluation Report 2005 – Juvenile Justice

Pathways to Change

Safe Passages and The Mentoring Center have focused on building solid relationships with the Alameda County Juvenile Court, Probation Department, District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and the City of Oakland to ensure support for Pathways to Change. While this program has been administered by The Mentoring Center for two years, Safe Passages continues to play the crucial role of convening the various public partners, expanding the collaborative partnerships and providing technical assistance to program implementers.

The Mentoring Center reports the following for 2005-06 implementation year:

  • Enrollment in the program during 2005-06 was 135 youth; bringing the total of youth served in the program to 291 since 2003.
  • The court acceptance rate of youth to the program is at 80%, compared to 60% last year.

In addition, preliminary outcome data suggests that the program is successful in keeping youth out of the juvenile system and getting them into a more productive track. A 2005 study found that there had been a 45% decrease in recidivism (re-offenses) during a 6-month follow-up period with clients who had completed the program. Youth who are referred to the Pathways to Change program are 53% less likely to re-offend.

In addition to measuring recidivism, Safe Passages is also monitoring other factors that keep youth on the right track, including: attachment to caring adults, good school performance, and involvement in after-school programs. In a study conducted in 2005, 36 Pathways to Change youth were tracked across three school semesters, from Fall 2003 through Fall 2004. The study showed that the suspension rate of Pathways to Change youth dropped by 78%.

Program Outcome Evaluation Data:

Project First

During 2006, 40 youth completed the program. Exit surveys conducted at the end of the year showed that EVERY graduate to date claims that because of the Project First program:

  • “I have a better understanding of who I am and what I can do.”
  • “My ability to take responsibility for my behavior and actions is better.”
  • “My determination to graduate from high school is better.”


Also, graduates that reported drug/alcohol use at program intake showed dramatic decreases: from “always” and about half the time, to “never” or almost never.


Public Agencies

Alameda County:

  • Probation Department
  • Health Care Services Agency
  • Superior Court
  • District Attorney’s Office
  • Public Defender Office
  • Social Services Agency Interagency Children’s Policy Council (ICPC)


City of Oakland:

  • Department of Human Services
  • Oakland Police Department


Community Service Providers

  • The Mentoring Center (lead agency)
  • Center for Family Counseling
  • Covenant House Oakland
  • East Bay Asian Youth Center
  • George P. Scotlan Family Youth Center


  • Leadership Excellence
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Pacific News Service
  • Youth Alive!