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Program description. A parenthood education program is comprised of a pre-service intervention through which adolescents are provided fundamental information regarding the role of “parent”—the skills, responsibilities, and time commitment required of a healthy functioning parent, appropriate parenting models, and positive, strength-focused parenting strategies. An effective parenthood education program repairs and reconstructs the lens through which at-risk adolescents see the parenting role, one that has typically been adversely impacted by their dysfunctional models. The adolescent is enabled to prepare more realistically for eventual parenting responsibilities and build a more effective relationship with their current parent/caregiver (Cutting & Tammi, 1999). Parenthood education aims to equip students with the skills necessary to make informed choices and a greater awareness of the responsibilities and implications of becoming a parent.

Raye Barbieri currently leads all juvenile justice, youth justice, and community-based programming and operations at the Center, including two Youth Justice Centers, two Community Justice and Mediation Centers, as well as all Youth Justice Capacity Building and a range of youth diversion, restorative justice, and community-service learning initiatives at multiple community justice locations. Raye also oversees the Center’s gun violence prevention work and concurrently directs the Center’s Planning and Development Department, coordinating, fundraising, grant management, and planning efforts. Since joining the Center in 1995, Ms. Barbieri has served in multiple roles, spearheading wide-scale planning and implementation for drug courts, family treatment courts, community justice centers, and youth and juvenile programming. From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Barbieri served as New York City’s Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Youth and Family Justice at the Administration for Children’s Services where she oversaw all city-run juvenile detention, juvenile placement, and a continuum of community-based alternatives for justice-involved youth. Ms. Barbieri also spearheaded the implementation of “Close to Home”– a full-scale realignment of the juvenile justice system in New York City allowing youth requiting confinement on delinquency proceedings to avoid state-run correctional settings far from home, and instead receive wraparound, rehabilitative, and educational services in small evidence-based group homes located in the city, close to their homes, communities, and with the ongoing participation of their families. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Barbieri served as a social worker with the Legal Aid Society. She holds a BSW from Wheelock College and an MSSW from Columbia University. She is an adjunct associate professor of social work at Columbia and is a member of the North American Council for Juvenile Justice at the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

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