Community Youth Development Program Strengths and Needs

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Executive Summary, 78744 Community Strengths and Needs Assessment FY 2013 SNA is an annual report. prepared for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services TDFPS Division. of Prevention and Early Intervention The Youth of Promise Initiative is funded through. the Community Youth Development CYD Grant a grant awarded by TDFPS to fifteen. communities throughout the state of Texas that exhibit high referral rates to the juvenile. justice system The 78744 zip code CYD program is administered by the City of Austin. Health and Human Services Department This annual SNA profiles the target area and its. strengths and needs regarding resources and services available to help resident youth. avoid involvement with the juvenile justice system The report serves as a platform for. identifying and procuring ongoing and additional services as well as improving or. expanding current services,The assessment is based on several data sources. The Community Strengths and Needs Assessment Survey see Appendix A. reflects adult and youth perceptions of protective factors within the 78744. community as well as gaps in programming that respondents felt would help to. reduce juvenile crime Respondents completed 515 total surveys 173 Youth. surveys and 337 Adult surveys, Research conducted by a variety of organizations working in the 78744 area. Community Strengths and Needs Assessment SNA Surveys and SNA Reports. from previous years, Interviews conducted with CCC members and CYD service providers. Focus group conducted with YAC members, Statistical evidence of juvenile criminal behavior within the 78744 community.
The report presents details indicating that among other findings. Between FY 2006 and FY 2013 juvenile referral rates in the target zip code have. decreased each year except FY 2010 dropping a total of 33 0. Juvenile arrest rates vary each year but the average arrest rate between 2008 and. 2012 is lower than previous years, Burglary of a residence and Theft are the crimes most frequently committed by. juveniles in the 78744 zip code, CYD programs are providing important services that address risk factors though. CYD grant constraints limit the ability to fund programs that would have a. noticeable effect on target CYD Internal Assets, The 78744 community faces unique structural challenges such as lower than. average incomes larger household sizes a high percentage of foreign born and. non English speaking immigrants and a small number of community. organizations filling a leadership capacity, The report may be utilized by TDFPS CCC YAC and the Fiscal Agent as a launch. pad in determining funding priorities for the next RFP. Table of Contents,EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1, INTRODUCTION OF CYD PROGRAM YOUTH OF PROMISE INITIATIVE 3.
METHODOLOGY OF SNA REPORT 4,SECTION II,DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE AREA 5. GENERAL DESCRIPTORS 5,COMMUNITY CHALLENGES RISK FACTORS 8. COMMUNITY ASSETS 20,SECTION III,FY 2013 SNA SURVEY 25. SECTION IV,CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS 37,APPENDICES, A 2013 YOUTH AND ADULT SURVEYS SPANISH AND ENGLISH 41. B 2013 SNA SURVEY LOCATIONS 43,Introduction, 78744 Community Strengths and Needs Assessment FY 2013 SNA is an annual report.
that is a required component of the Community Youth Development CYD Grant. Contract 23794901 administered by the City of Austin Health and Human Services. Department COA HHSD The report is prepared for the Texas Department of Family. and Protective Services TDFPS Division of Prevention and Early Intervention PEI. TDFPS awards the grant to communities throughout the state that exhibit high referral. rates to the juvenile justice system 1 This annual SNA profiles the strengths and needs in. the target area focusing on resources and services that are available to help resident. youth avoid entanglement with the juvenile justice system The report serves as a. platform for identifying gaps in youth services and for identifying pre existing strengths. in the community so as to avoid CYD duplication of services The SNA Report is a. product of specific research tasks and ongoing community involvement with CYD. programs throughout the year, The City of Austin Health and Human Services Department COA HHSD the fiscal. agent for the grant retains a portion of the funding for administration and direct services. The remaining funds are awarded to local entities for direct services to youth and families. in the community The service delivery area is the 78744 zip code in southeast Austin. Texas The fifteen communities throughout Texas who receive CYD funding were. chosen based on statistical evidence indicating significantly high levels of juvenile. probation referrals, The underlying purpose of the CYD Program is to provide substantive services and to. plug the gaps in community services that help local youth make positive choices in life. and avoid involvement in the juvenile justice system The CYD Program emphasizes. prevention services by funding programs aimed at assisting youth before they become. involved in the juvenile justice system The CYD Program aims to continuously improve. the quality of the services provided under the grant and to strengthen collaborative links. with providers of ancillary services not directly funded by the grant. The CYD Program is characterized by both a high degree of community involvement and. a strong emphasis on synergy of CYD programs with other services The primary. structures for community participation are the Community Collaborative Committee. CCC and the Youth Advisory Committee YAC, Community Collaborative Committee CCC is comprised of 78744 residents YAC. members and service providers The FY 2013 CCC has 18 members The CCC assists. CYD Grants are authorized under Title IV of the Social Security Act which is administered by the U S. Department of Health and Human Services The Administration for Public Services Office of Human. Development Services administers social services under Title IV Part B which includes CYD. with SNA survey development and distribution A copy of the SNA is shared with the. CCC members annually, The YAC is comprised of 11 17 year old youth who reside or attend school in the 78744. area The FY 2013 YAC group has 15 members and has participated in a wide variety of. outreach activities including the annual Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Dove Springs. Recreation Center volunteer face painting at a Family Day celebration and distributing. SNA surveys at various locations including the Dove Springs Recreation Center The. group meets three times a month usually Wednesday and some Saturdays for Youth. Leadership Development events averaging at least one leadership development activity a. A fundamental aspect of the CYD Program is its emphasis on cross program. collaboration Wherever possible the CYD Program seeks to fill gaps in services and to. work with previously existent service providers in a shared effort to achieve a significant. change in juvenile probation referrals in the 78744 zip code The CYD program is. limited in scope to preventative services which increases the need for synergy of. servicing in order to attain a real and visible impact on youth in the target region The. CYD Coordinator and YAC Coordinator attend other community meetings such as the. monthly Citizen Advisory Committees at different 78744 school campuses and Ready by. 21 programs to create links for cross communication and to attain a broader. understanding of programs that are available to youth in the community Information. about the Youth of Promise Initiative CYD Program is provided at community based. public events and places like local libraries recreation centers and schools Information. is disseminated by YAC members CCC members and COA HHSD staff with the. purpose of gaining community support and involvement in CYD Program activities. Methodology, The Strengths and Needs Assessment is the product of an integrated quantitative and.
qualitative research approach comprised of several data collection methods. The Community Strengths and Needs Assessment Survey see Appendix A. reflects adult and youth perceptions of protective factors within the 78744. community as well as gaps in programming that respondents felt would help to. reduce juvenile crime Respondents completed 515 total surveys 173 Youth. surveys and 337 Adult surveys, Research conducted by a variety of organizations working in the 78744 area. Community Strengths and Needs Assessment SNA Surveys and SNA Reports. from previous years, Paper interviews conducted with CCC members and CYD service providers. Focus group conducted with YAC members, Statistical evidence of juvenile criminal behavior within the 78744 community. YAC and CCC members CYD Service Providers and COA HHSD staff members. distributed approximately 1 000 SNA surveys The questionnaire was circulated in both. English and Spanish to adults and youth throughout the 78744 zip code primarily during. the fall of 2012 Participation was based on respondent convenience and was completely. voluntary The surveys were distributed at the River City Youth Foundation local public. schools serving the 78744 zip code community events service providers sites and other. locations convenient for capturing community participation A map of the 78744 schools. surveyed can be found in Appendix B of this report Residents and stakeholders. completed a total of 515 total surveys 173 Youth surveys and 337 Adult surveys. SECTION II,Description of Service Area, The 78744 zip code is located in southeast Austin Texas Although the neighborhood. commonly referred to as Dove Springs makes up a large percentage of the resident. population the entire 78744 zip code has experienced a population boom in the last two. decades which has brought new housing developments schools and businesses located. outside of the Dove Springs neighborhood The 78744 community is a vibrant diverse. neighborhood with a wide variety of assets and challenges which include lower than. average incomes and education levels high percentages of first generation and non. English speaking populations and high rates of juvenile crime and overall crime. including gang participation Community assets include high levels of community. participation a generally positive opinion of the neighborhood by residents and a strong. core group of community programs,General Descriptors.
LARGE GROWTH RATES, Since 1990 the 78744 zip code has experienced a significant amount of growth. Between 1990 and 2000 the population grew from 23 418 residents to 33 706 residents. and various estimates put the 2007 population between 37 677 and 40 000 residents2. Rapid growth in the entire 78744 zip code especially among the undocumented. immigrant population makes it difficult to estimate population sizes. RACIALLY DIVERSE COMMUNITY, The area has a large percentage of Latino residents According to the 2000 U S Census. 77 9 of the 78744 population was Latino 19 were White Anglo and 11 7 were. Black African American The 78744 zip code has more total Latinos and the second. highest concentration of Latinos by comparison with any other Travis County zip code. The Wesley Center of Austin estimates that the population of the Dove Springs neighborhood alone is. around 40 000 residents with just over 70 Latino residents while Onboard Informatics places the. population of all of 78744 including Dove Springs at 37 677 residents. Over half of the population speaks Spanish at home3 The Greater Dove Springs area is. one of the three fastest growing Hispanic population centers in Austin according to the. City of Austin In 1990 Dove Springs had a Latino population of about 45 By 2000. this number had nearly doubled to almost 80 4,SOURCE ONBOARD INFORMATICS LLC. YOUNG POPULATION, Dove Springs has a notably younger population than the rest of Texas The median. resident age among 78744 residents is 25 6 years while the median age for Texas is 32 3. years 5 Latino and Black residents tend to be younger than their White counterparts in. the community In Dove Springs for example the median age for Latinos is 22 years. old the median age for Black residents is 24 years old while the median age for White. residents is 40 years old 6, Onboard Informatics LLC compiles information from thousands of data sources to create up to date.
community information Their sources include the U S Census FBI and Bureau of Labor Statistics. National Center for Education Statistics and local entities such as Assessor Clerk and the Chamber of. Commerce The information that was used in compiling this Description of the Service Area was gathered. from the city data website, Robinson Ryan The Top Ten Big Demographic Trends in Austin Texas City of Austin. http www ci austin tx us demographics downloads top ten trends4 doc. Onboard Informatics LLC,State of Dove Springs Wesley Center 2007. LARGE FAMILIES, The 78744 community is characterized by large family and household sizes The average. household size in the 78744 zip code is 3 4 people while the average household size for. the entire state of Texas is 2 7 people and the average for Travis County is even lower at. 2 47 people 7 As can be seen from Chart 1 and Chart 2 below the 78744 community. has significantly larger household sizes than other zip codes in Travis County Data. taken from the 2000 U S Census shows that in the two randomly chosen Travis County

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