42 young offenders Kaunas Juvenile Remand Prison-Correction House were inquired.
In Lithuania, the majority of inquired young offenders (YO) were convicted 4 times or more.
When asked about the skills YO wanted to improve, there was a surprisingly high interest in improving foreign language skills – 57,1%. Also, youth in the detention facility were interested in improving professional skills (42,9%); as well as their skills related to emotional management (38,1%) and communication (35,7%).
YO were generally positive about involvement in social activities organized by youth workers: 73,8% answered “Yes” and 26,2% “Maybe” when they were asked whether they would like youth workers to organize activities for them. There were no negative answers at all.
When choosing the activities which they would prefer to be organized by youth workers, these were chosen most of the times: X-Box gaming tournaments (65,9%), sport activities (61%), tabletop evenings (36,6%), informal conversations with visiting non-offending youngsters (34,1%) and art activities (34,1%). Talent shows, pop quizzes, martial arts, practical workshops were mentioned by some respondents as well.
Moreover, even half of young delinquents (51,2%) indicated that they would like to help organize these events. X-BOX tournaments (61,8%), sports activities (44,1%) and table top evenings (35,3%) attracted the most of interest in this case.
When asked about to possibility join some events outside the detention facility, youngsters were mostly into attending: