Launching of Proyecto Esperanza - A Report on the First Year of a National Demonstration Project Targeted at Helping Runaway, Abused and Neglected Hispanic Youths and Their Families
This report describes the first-year operations and achievements of the eight projects participating in Proyecto Esperanza/Project Hope, a national effort, funded by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, to develop programs for runaway and abused/ neglected Hispanic youth. The national effort is administered by the Coalition of Hispanic Mental Health and Human Services Organizations ( COSSMHO), which assists Hispanic community-based organizations throughout the United States in the development of programs designed to meet Proyecto Esperanza goals. Goals are to provide treatment and prevention for Hispanic runaways and abused/neglected youth, to deliver technical assistance to involved organizations, and to monitor individual program operations. In the first year, COSSMHO established treatment and prevention programs, mobilized community education and awareness campaigns, and facilitated the development of support networks among service-provider agencies in sites across the country. COSSMHO also opened and maintained communications with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. Treatment and prevention projects were established in Albuquerque, N. Mex.; Elizabeth, N.J.; Guadalupe, Ariz.; Hartford, Conn.; Houston, Tex.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Salt Lake City, Utah. The agency, community, project, and impact are described for each of these sites. Accomplishments, knowledge gained, and innovations for replication are summarized. The appendix contains a sample evaluation form.