SKIP is a prevention/early intervention program designed to help lower-level
truants. Truant students come before a panel of their peers who review truancy
cases referred by the District Attorney's Office. Project SKIP concurrently
offers a "hands-on" experience in the legal system to youth volunteers.
What happens at a hearing?
During a hearing, referred youth come before a panel of their peers to explain
their truant behavior. Truancy review panels question truant students and
attempt to identify solutions to their truant behavior. Panel members assign
services to each truant student based upon specific case circumstances and
severity of the truancy. Services typically imposed:
- participation in school activities
- educational classes
- attendance monitoring
- academic monitoring
What happens when the truant youth successfully
completes Project SKIP?
If the truant youth completes all assigned services within the 90 day timeframe,
the case will be closed successfully. The District Attorney's Office and School
Administration will be informed and the truant youth will not have a Child In
Need of Care petition filed.
What are the benefits of Project SKIP?
Project SKIP hears truancy cases quickly so that youth can get the help and
services they need in order to be successful in school, avoid future truancy,
and prevent school dropout while concurrently providing a learning experience
for volunteers who serve as panel members.
If you are interested in volunteering or for more information, e-mail
call (913) 715-7490 or Shala.Bloomberg@jocogov.org or
call (913) 715-7467