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Capstone Project

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Stevenson Center, Mendocino County, at risk youth


I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Michaelene Cox of the Politics and Government Department at Illinois State University. Her guidance and assistance has been the foundation of my research. I would also like to extend my thanks to the Stevenson Center for Economic and Community Development at Illinois State University. Their support has pushed me and kept me moving through my atypical path of graduate school. I am also grateful to Redwood Children’s Services for their encouragement and in-­‐kind contributions to my capstone research. Finally, I would like to thank all of the youth in Mendocino County who participated in this research project and allowed me to use their insight and voices to produce this capstone paper.