You are working for a juvenile justice non-profit organization. You hear a news story about how the juveniles in your community are starting to cause problems. These problems are beginning to overload the juvenile court system. There are several theories that explain why juveniles become delinquent. Some of the sociological theories include:
Locate a sociological theory (it does not have to be one of the theories listed previously). Explain that theory with its relation to juvenile delinquency.
Please note that sociological theories relate to society and external influences over a juvenile, not psychological influences (which relate to internalization within a person) or biological influences (which concern physical problems).
Once you decide on a theory, write a 800-1000 word essay addressing the following:
- Describe how it relates to juveniles by explaining what the theory believes causes the juvenile problems.
- Think about what you could do working in a juvenile justice non-profit and explain what you could do in your position to aid in addressing the problem.
Your essay should follow APA format. The first part should define the sociological theory. The second part should provide details about addressing the problem. Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.
Requirements: 800 to 1000 words in depth
Non-profit organizations play a critical role in bringing a much-needed focus to pertinent issues in a given community. Working in such an organization, I would leverage the points that the social disorganization theory highlights to shape how society responds to delinquency at different levels. First, I would be keen to lobby the government and donors to focus delinquency prevention and rehabilitation initiatives on disadvantaged areas where children are at a higher risk of becoming delinquents. I would advocate for the empowerment of neighborhood and community organizations like the one I work with. I would use such resources to create positive activities such as games, communal activities, and counseling sessions to bring a sense of community and restore normal values (Ardi & Sisin, 2018). For minors who exhibit a stubborn tendency to relapse into delinquency, I will coordinate with their parents to facilitate a change of environment. This entails seeking donations and other assistance in sending them to a good boarding school where they can adopt better behaviors under close monitoring.