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Master of Arts


This paper is a presentation of "Focus on Tomorrow," a community based diversionary program designed to impact predelinquent juveniles at the junior high school level. The program is a collaborative effort of the YMCA, The Lindenwood Colleges, the St. Charles School District, and the St. Charles County Juvenile Court. The purpose is to identify high-risk juveniles within the school system and provide resources to the juveniles and their families to help them complete school and avoid referral to court. Resources include tutoring, stress/challenge outings, family counseling, and YMCA memberships. Included in the paper is a justification for the need of the program and a discussion of the principles used in its development.