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York County Truancy Prevention Initiative

 

 

                      

 

 

 

 

The mission of the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative is to reduce the truant population in York County by establishing a protocol for improved communication, instituting a consistent response to the issues and initiating interventions. 

With truancy as a leading factor preventing children’s success in school, graduation from high school and the ability to become a productive member of society, the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative aims to assure that elementary and middle school students are prepared to succeed in later grades, and that young adults make a successful transition from high school to work life – two of United Way’s priorities in Education.  As a program of United Way of York County, the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative ultimately serves all school-aged youth in York County, by establishing itself as a clearinghouse for what works to prevent truancy and dropout, staying current on national education policy research and finding ways to enhance York County’s provision of truancy prevention programs using best practices research. 

The York County Truancy Prevention Initiative is a partnership between United Way of York County, the York County Bar Foundation and the County of York

 


View the 2018 Education Initiatives Annual Report.

 

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Youth Court Alliance

The goal of the Youth Court Alliance is to re-engage truant students in school and divert these students and their families from entering the Magisterial District Court for truancy hearings.  Currently, Youth Court Alliance is in York City School District.  Student volunteers go through months of training to serve as lawyers, judges, bailiff and most importantly, as jurors who will provide dispositions aimed at reconnecting the truant youth to their school.  Dispositions include jury duty, community service, research papers, and tutoring.

The Youth Court Alliance is a program of United Way of York County in partnership with the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative, County Commissioners, York County Bar Foundation, and York County Department of  Human Services.

Pictured above: Taylor Shenberger and Brent Martin, Youth Court Alliance Volunteers

  EDUCATION VIDEO: Featuring the Youth Court Alliance

 

 

 

 

For additional information about the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative, please contact Elizabeth Richard at (717) 771-3823.