Attendance Mediation Workshops (AMW’s) have been implemented by several cities as a prevention tool for heading off continued or increased absenteeism. Attendance workshops are most often targeted towards students with emerging attendance problems and have demonstrated promising results. In addition, these programs serve as an alternative to formal court proceedings, offering participating schools an alternative to filing a Truancy petition.
An analysis of the initial attendance mediation workshop conducted by the Mayor’s Office of Education and Children (MOEC), compared attendance workshop participants to truancy court participants. 93% of the attendance mediation workshop participants were still enrolled in school at the time of the report compared to 34% of Truancy Court participants. In addition, the same analysis determined the overall cost per student was lower for attendance workshop participants with $175.00 compared to $1,578.96 for truancy court participants.
All services that are available to youth on court-related diversion are also available to youth on voluntary diversion, including:
Denver's “National Night Out” is one-night event that is part of a nationwide program to prevent crime. The event involves law enforcement officers, citizens, business groups and neighborhood organizations from across the country. Last year, more than 37 million people participated in this incredible program.
National Night Out is designed to:
Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns and neighborhoods celebrate National Night Out with a variety of events and activities such as:
National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation.
Youth Summit sponsors and participants challenge young people to engage in meaningful dialogue with city leaders about issues ranging from health, safety, secondary education, and job readiness. Since its inception, the youth summit has been attended by over 15,000 youth and adults.
For additional information contact Theresa Kimmet at (720) 913-4622.
Juvenile Intervention & Diversion
Denver Public Safety Youth Programs
303 West Colfax Avenue, Suite 1000
Denver, Colorado 80204
Charlotte Stephens, Director