New reporting areas for this DC YouthLink include re-conviction rates (often referred to as recidivism), workforce development, and educational outcomes. Some of the findings are:
- Re-Conviction Rates: Since DYRS began tracking arrests in April 2011, 83% of DC YouthLink enrollees have been in community-based placements without being found guilty of a new offense.
- Workforce Development Outcomes: In the first quarter of FY 2012, 15 youth earned new, unsubsidized employment. The measure means "youth attaining employment, youth maintaining employment, youth earning professional certifications and youth participating in internships."
- Educational Outcomes: During the reporting period, seven youth earned a high school credential. The measure means "youth achieving a high school credential and youth enrolling in post-secondary education."
- Continued downward trajectory in abscondence rates.
- Nearly two fold increase in the number of youth receiving mental health and substance abuse services.
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DC YouthLink is a coalition of nonprofit organizations. They've partnered with DYRS to reintegrate juvenile offenders into their communities by providing a host of services and supports to the youth and their families.