In an unusual partnership, COMPASS and the McKinley Schools propose to work on City Bound with the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center and the Robert F. Kennedy Action Corps.
City Bound would draw on the strengths of each agency. On weekends, the Outward Bound center would lead students in rock climbing, boating expeditions and community service projects designed to build a sense of responsibility. On weekdays, workers from the RFK Action Corps, a private nonprofit group that runs 10 residential treatment programs in the state for delinquent youths, would offer individual and group counseling. Morning chores and interaction with others will also be supervised as part of what is called "milieu therapy."
Mayor Flynn is enthusiastic about the City Bound proposal and believes it could reduce the incentive for youths to join gangs, according to Ellen Guiney, his education adviser. However, the city has not answered the agencies' request for $200,000.