The Community Restitution and Apprenticeship Focused
Training (CRAFT) program was started in 1994 by the Home Builders
Institute to address youth crime and unemployment and help reduce
recidivism. It offers preapprenticeship training and job
placement in the home building industry and related occupations
for adjudicated youth referred to the program by their State
departments of juvenile justice. The program is a partnership
involving private juvenile and corrections facilities; juvenile
judges; juvenile justice system personnel; education agencies;
community-based organizations; and other human service agencies.
It includes: outreach and recruitment; assessment and screening;
individualized development plans; case management services;
industry-validated trades-related training;
building-industry-related academics; community service; academic
preparation and substance abuse treatment; employability and life
skills training; and community transition and long-term follow-up.