The Green Brigade: The Educational Effects of a Community-based Horticultural Program on the Horticultural Knowledge and Environmental Attitude of Juvenile Offenders

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  • 1 Texas Agriculture Extension Service, Texas A&M University, Houston, TX 77084.
  • 2 Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666.

The Green Brigade horticultural program is a community-based treatment and diversion program for juvenile offenders. The program is used for vocational training and rehabilitation. The objectives of this study were to determine if participation in the Green Brigade program improved the horticultural knowledge and the environmental attitudes of participating juvenile offenders. Participants of the Green Brigade program significantly improved their horticultural knowledge exam scores as a result of participating in the program. Participants also had significant improvements in their environmental attitude scores after completing the program. However, participants attending the Green Brigade program less than 60% of the time had significantly more negative environmental attitude scores than participants attending more frequently. Further analyses showed the program was equally effective at improving environmental attitude scores for all participants regardless of gender, ethnicity, age or grade in school.

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