What Works History

Since it's creation in 2004, WWI has grown to include 20 residential programs.

The DJJ What Works Initiative Residential Pilot Project (WWIRPP) began in the fall of 2004, following the State Advisory Group's (SAG) grant award to the DJJ Residential and Correctional Facilities branch to fund the pilot project. Ten pilot sites were chosen from among 25 programs that applied to be part of the pilot, on the basis of restrictiveness level, geographic region, funding type (private provider versus state-operated), and population served.

In February of 2005, given the progress of the WWIRPP, the Department sought and was awarded additional funding from the State Advisory Group to continue and expand the pilot project. In addition to adding six new programs, a logical expansion strategy incorporated the Department’s Faith- and Community-Based Delinquency Treatment Initiative (FCBDTI). The FCBDTI currently involves nine residential programs. Five of the facilities serve as treatment sites that employ a faith- and community-based mentoring component to programming, while four maintain a dual purpose of participating in the WWIRPP and at the same time, serving as a comparison group for the FCBDTI project. By September, 2005, there were 20 residential programs involved in the What Works Initiative Residential Pilot Project and the FCBDTI:

  • Bay Point Schools - North
  • Bowling Green Youth Academy
  • Britt Halfway House (FCBDTI)
  • Broward Intensive Halfway House (FCBDTI)
  • Duval Juvenile Residential Facility
  • Eckerd Youth Development Center
  • Falkenburg Academy
  • First Step (FCBDTI)
  • First Step @ Alachua
  • Greenville Hills Academy
  • GUYS
  • Hastings Academy – High Risk
  • Liberty Wilderness Academy
  • Monticello New Life
  • Orange Halfway House (FCBDTI)
  • Riverside Academy
  • Sago Palm Academy
  • San Antonio Boys Village (FCBDTI)
  • YMCA Character House