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ROSES (Resilience, Opportunity, Safety, Education, Strength) is a free, community-based, trauma-informed, girls only program that is being implemented and evaluated as part of a New York University study. The goal of the ROSES study is to learn more about the needs of girls between the ages of 11 and 17 who are at-risk for involvement or are involved in the juvenile justice system and to understand how the system can better work for them. Referred youth who choose to participate in the study have a 50% chance of being randomized into the free ROSES advocacy program. All girls (whether they get randomly assigned to the ROSES program or not) participate in the research project. Youth who are randomly assigned to receive the ROSES program are paired with an advocate who is a trained, closely supervised, paraprofessional, young woman close to youth’s age. The advocates travel all across the 5 boroughs and will come to wherever the youth is in her community for 10-12 weeks, 2 times a week.

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