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OJJDP March 2008 Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2008

Positive Action “Best Practice” Program for Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Carol Gerber Allred, President/Developer of the Positive Action program, is pleased to announce that the Positive Action program has been designated as a “Best Practice” program for reducing minority contact with law enforcement and the juvenile justice system by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP created the Disproportionate Minority Best Practice Database, a listing of programs that provide both prevention and intervention strategies for problematic behaviors that make minority young people more vulnerable to contact with the law.

OJJDP’s review of the Positive Action program found that the program has sound identification of DMC’s problems and mechanisms, utilizes DMC assessments, and has empirical evidence of some impact on DMC trends for at least two years.

Positive Action program is a character development and academic improvement program. Allred said that Positive Action teaches “young people physical, intellectual, emotional, and social positive actions, which foster academic achievement, avoidance of addictive substances, improved social and emotional behaviors, a stronger self-concept, better mental health practices, and healthy relationships with peers, teachers, parents that are foundational for achievement and a responsible connection to the community.”

Positive Action is an evidence-based program that received top marks by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). Positive Action received “strong evidence of positive effect,” the highest marks of any program in the United States in academics and improved behaviors. The program is also on approved programs lists such as Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Title 1, and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.