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Truancy Diversion Program

The Truancy Diversion Program targets youth who have been identified by their school as being at risk for truancy. Once identified, the youth and his/her family are provided the opportunity to receive services that address those risk factors. The service area is two middle schools in the central region of San Diego and two middle schools in the northern region of the county. The target students of these schools represent high-risk youth from 10 to 15 years of age, with special attention to those over the age of 11. Youth are considered high risk that have come to the attention of school officials because of a minimum of three instances of truancy, school suspension, and expulsion or failing performance.

Diversion services are provided by two community-based organizations: San Diego Youth Services in the central region and North County Lifeline in the northern region of the county. Services include home visits, academic support, and case management. As part of this project, the Applied Research Division of SANDAG has been contracted to track the number and type of youth served and document outcomes achieved.

Project Manager

Sandy Keaton, Senior Criminal Justice Research Analyst
Phone: (619) 699-6933, Email:

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