A new paradigm for urban youth ministry: the story of Uth Turn in New York City 1999-2008

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2009 
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This project is the result of a decade-long study of Uth Turn-an early Intervention project for at-risk urban youth Run under the auspices of the Fund for Community Leadership and Development, and in conjunction with the New York Theological Seminary, Uth Tum has developed a model for youth intervention programs which attempts to prevent future involvement with the juvenile justice system. The program is run with the innovative use of the graduates of NYTS' Master of Professional Studies out of the Sing Sing Correctional Facility, who serve as facilitators to the young people. These men-as former at-risk youth, former inmates, and theology students bring a unique perspective to their task. Combined with NYTS faculty, graduate students serving as interns, allied churches, and social service and law enforcement agencies, a program was developed which provided effective intervention and a low recidivism rate for the young people served. It is a faith-based program that can serve as a model to be replicated in urban areas across New York State and the nation.  
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