Recognizing that home is where our stories begin, Our Town Our Kids (OTOK) works with local Kansas communities to reduce the number of their youth at risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system.
The OTOK team approach combines diverse sets of expertise within K-State and Fort Hays State University with the rich cultural and practice-based experience of local stakeholders. Together, groups identify system-related hurdles that may negatively affect youth.
Study circles, a key component in collaboration, involves developing and training local stakeholders in process and content, empowering communities to investigate, analyze, and develop healthy youth initiatives.
To enhance collaboration and link existing local capital to University resources
To increase knowledge and awareness of juvenile justice issues, evaluating local strengths and challenges in addressing needs for at-risk youth
To empower communities with a comprehensive and sustainable toolkit to be offered to other counties across Kansas and beyond