Northern Illinois University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and
Department of Sociology announce:
Community Collaboration for Juvenile
Justice Service Enhancement
Florida Field Trip, January 5-10, 2014
Illinois Field Trips, January 13-May 09, 2014
Students will participate in an engaged learning field school which examines strategies and services in the establishment of a “Purpose Built Community” in Central Florida that support the efforts of governmental juvenile justice services, educational services, housing and health services with a partnership which has as its goal: high-quality mixed-income housing, an effective cradle-to-college education pipeline, enriching community wellness programs, a committed local nonprofit lead organization that drives the process, a defined neighborhood with a specific geographic footprint, and an area of impact that surrounds the neighborhood and benefits from the revitalization.
The focus of the course will be on the evidence based practices that create these models of healthy and crime free communities and to compare efforts to create communities in the northern Illinois region.
Due to the highly intensive nature of this course, students are expected to have completed substantial readings by the first session. Before traveling to Florida, students will participate in mandatory Mental Health First Aid Training which will be provided by Linden Oaks - Edward Hospital. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Training will be held at the NIU-Naperville campus on Thursday, January 2, and Friday, January 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch provided.
The travel seminar in New Smyrna Beach, Florida occurs during the week of January 5-10, 2014, with a combination of lectures, readings, guest speakers, and site visits to select organizations in Florida. After returning from Florida, there will be several mandatory Teen Mentoring training classes at a time to be determined, local visits scheduled in Illinois and four seminar sessions. Students will also be expected to participate actively in one of several group research projects and present their group’s findings in a formal report to the appropriate local service providers.
This year our applied research projects are being developed with Purpose Built Communities in New Smyrna Beach Florida, The DeKalb County Court Services Mentor Program, Focus House, the DeKalb County Juvenile Justice Council Collaboration Initiative, and Rockford’s Midtown District.
Faculty Leader: Jack King, NIU faculty member and internship coordinator in the Department of Sociology since 1987.
Tentative Schedule of Visits (subject to adjustment and addition)
Most of the meetings and visits will take place prior to the beginning of the semester in Florida. Illinois visits will be scheduled to minimize conflict with other coursework and work and home life responsibilities. However, the expectation is that substantial time will be allocated by the students to successfully complete the projects for the designated organizations.
Volusia County Florida Traveling YMCA Project
Volusia County Florida Police Athletic League Programs
Purpose Built Communities and community partners in Florida and Illinois
Volusia County Teen Court
Focus House - Rochelle, IL
DeKalb County Juvenile Justice Council
Midtown District, Rockford, IL
Escape the gray, winter days of Illinois in January at the Best Western Hotel and Suites in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, balconies offer a breathtaking view of the ocean where you can sip a cup of coffee while watching the sun rise or enjoy the activities on the beach. The Seascape Restaurant has the coast's best view of the ocean.
Participants may make their own travel arrangements to the Orlando International Airport (MCO) or coordinate with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming office on ticket arrangements. Ground transportation to and from the Best Western Hotel and Suites and MCO will be provided as part of the package. Please note that you should arrive at MCO no later than 3 p.m., Sunday, January 5, 2014. Return ground transportation will arrive at MCO approximately 5 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2014.
Academic Credit Option
NIU students may register for 3 academic credits for this program. Students choosing this option should register for SOCI 395/395H through MyNIU. This is a permit-only course, for more information and/or a permit number, please contact Jack King at (815) 753-6440 or email@example.com. Graduate students may also be eligible for independent study credit by contacting one of the graduate faculty members in the Department of Sociology. Regular off-campus tuition and fees will be applied to your NIU bursar account and are in addition to the program travel fee.
Program Fee: Only $725 includes Florida and Illinois service organization visits, ground transportation for program-related activities in Florida and Illinois, five nights lodging in Florida (triple occupancy), all breakfasts, and study materials. Please note that round-trip transportation to/from Florida, lunches, and dinners are not included in the program travel fee. The program fee does not include tuition and fees; you will be billed separately by the Bursar’s office.
Please Note: NIU’s fee for the package combines organization visits, accommodations, meals specified above, and program related ground transportation. Fee reduction(s) or refunds CANNOT be made for unused portions of the package. Round-trip transportation to/from Florida, lunches, and dinners are not included in the program travel fee. The program travel fee include tuition and fees; you will be billed separately by the Bursar’s office.
Payment: A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required with a completed registration form by Friday, December 6, 2013. You will not be enrolled without full payment of the deposit. All program fees must be paid in full (no exceptions) by 3 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013.
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