Abuse, Violence, and Risky Behavior among Youth

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NEW YORK GOVERNOR George E. Pataki recently awarded $425,000 to the Family Life Development Center (FLDC), in collaboration with the University of Rochester Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Upstate Center for School Safety, to administer a component of the Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth program. The overall program is focused on preventing abuse, violence, and risky behavior among New York's youth.

Cornell is one of two centers of excellence in the program. The other Center of Excellence is at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

"Our Upstate Center of Excellence will provide technical assistance and training to each of the partnerships--which include several Cornell Cooperative Extension, county offices, social services, and a youth bureau, among others," says Frank Barry, senior extension associate and director of the ACT program at Cornell, "We will work with them to develop the best possible approaches to youth development that make sense in their communities. We want to share research findings on what works and what does not with those who are working to make their communities better places to raise children."

Other collaborators in the upstate center include James Garbarino and John Eckenrode, professors of human development and co-directors of FLDC; Jane Powers, senior research associate in FLDC; Stephen Hamilton, professor of human development; Steve Goggin, senior extension associate in human development; and Charles McClintock, professor of policy analysis and management. …