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Making a Map: Finding My Way Back is a comprehensive, evidence-based project that supports juvenile offenders with disabilities transitioning from the Ramsey County Community Corrections facility serving youth in the Twin Cities area into school, employment, and community programs. Relevant interventions and frameworks are being utilized, such as the Check & Connect student engagement model (as seen on this website) and the Expanding the Circle Transition Curriculum, both products of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.
The project is:
The following organizations are partnering with the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration on this project:
Johnson, D.R., Mathur, S.R., Unruh, D.K., Griller Clark, H., & Qian, X. (2017). A better path, a better future: Three federally-funded projects supporting community reentry of youth with disabilities leaving juvenile justice facilities.Retrieved from University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration website: z.umn.edu/A-Better-Path.
For troubled Minnesota youth, a map out of the chaos
MPR News • November 10, 2015
"Six years ago on the night before Thanksgiving, Cody Nelson had a chaotic night. With four buddies, he broke into an abandoned house on the east side of St. Paul. After firing at a rival gang for beating up their friend, they returned to the abandoned house to drink, smoke and play a gun game they called "flinch." Nelson thought his gun was out of bullets. "I ended up shooting one of my best friends. Shot and killed him," he said. "I didn't shoot him on purpose." Nelson was 16. His friend, Darion Smith, was 15. After pleading guilty to manslaughter, Nelson served two years in juvenile detention. When he was released, he told a mentor he wanted more than a plan. He wanted a map to stay out of trouble." Read more
U finds ties to mentors, families help keep at-risk kids in school
MPR News • October 8, 2015
"The middle school and high school students who Jerome Graham mentors face an uphill battle to make it to graduation. He's the project coordinator for the Map Project, which reaches out to young people held in Ramsey County juvenile correction facilities to try to keep them in school. 'Pretty much all of our students have failing grades or are very seldomly in school,' Graham said. 'There's also some behavior issues, and also they're in the special education program, and also they're impoverished.'" Read more
For more information, please contact Eileen Klemm, Transition Program Area Manager, at the Institute on Community Integration.
This project was funded for four years, from 2013-2017, by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.