By Adekoya (Koya) Olateru-Olagbegi, Ph. D.
“Since my arrival to Atlanta, I had the pleasure of working as a mentor to African-American male youth from infancy to adolescent, and all the boys that I mentored are all doing well and contributing to the society.” “I always ponder why some male juveniles are delinquent,” says author Koya Olateru, Ph. D.
“When the opportunity arises to do a study for my doctoral project, I decided to do research on why some African-American male juvenile delinquents continue to offend.” “This study on African-American male youth has never been conducted.”
The National Institute of Health, (NIH) and the Juvenile Justice department in Fulton County both approved the study to be conducted. The study reviewed no less than 100 peer review Journals, periodicals, and books. The study was completed in 2020.
The excessive, disproportionate number on African-American and minorities rearrest in urban cities have consistently been worrisome. The high juvenile delinquency rearrest rate is a problem in Fulton County, Georgia, which is of significant concern. The juvenile justice system has gained acceptance to address and reduce youth offenders’ high rearrest rates. However, there is a lack of research regarding African-American male adults and juvenile justice probationers’ perceptions of rearrests’ factors. A qualitative study that explored and examined the phenomenon and factors that contribute to juvenile rearrest or recidivism through the perceptions of African-American male adults who were previously juvenile delinquents and current young probation officers conducting the interview is this author.
Ecological systems theory was in use as the theoretical foundation for guiding this research. This qualitative study showed that the juvenile system’s current probation guidelines in Fulton County, Georgia, are unsuccessful.
Results indicated that reliable factors for juvenile delinquency rearrest or recidivism include
- a lack of juvenile and parent accountability;
- peers; and
- family dynamics.
The juvenile justice system, human services professionals, voluntary organization leaders in the field, and policymakers could use findings from the study to advocate for developing programs and policies that will reduce juvenile delinquency recidivism.
“I have known Koya Olateru-Olagbegi for over thirty years as a good tennis player and a business owner; the study into the African-American youth and minorities rearrest is a must read for educational purpose and policy decision implementation,” says Dr. Walter F. Young, D.D.S., dental surgeon and Civil Rights leader. “Dr. Adekoya Olateru-Olagbegi uses his family core values to investigate and identify the primary factors for antisocial behaviors of the African-American youth and minorities in urban Cities.”
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Dr. Adekoya Olateru-Olagbegi
Dr. Adekoya Olateru-Olagbegi was born in Nigeria, where He attended Methodist High School. After graduation, he coached and played tennis using his earnings to pay his way to the United States. He played collegiate tennis at Southern University, where He won Three consecutive conference titles; he was a member of the 2017 inductees into the Hall of fame.
Koya Olateru-Olagbegi graduated from Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA., with a master’s degree in Public Relations. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1983 and enrolled at the Clark Atlanta University for a Ph.D. degree in Political science but withdrew from the university due to financial hardship. He worked many minimal hourly jobs to make ends meet Church’s fried chicken as a cook, delivering milk to elementary and middle schools on route sale for the Atlanta dairy company, the Atlanta daily news, and subsequently a carpenter for Cardinal industries. In 1987 He secured a position with Metropolitan life insurance company, where he received his training in insurance sales.
In 1989, he founded the Metro Brokers Insurance Company and established some other small companies, including a construction company, a mediation company, and a used car dealership. He is a retired insurance counselor and broker after 28 years. Adekoya obtained his Ph. D. degree in Public Policy and Administration with a minor in Mediation and Peace from Walden University. Research interests include Juvenile delinquency recidivism in urban Cities. Adekoya has helped raise well over 15 African American boys, most of whom are from single parents from infancy to adolescence. All the boys are successful and doing well, serving the community positively in various capacities. Koya is a former Area Director for the Toastmaster International, District 44. For decades, Koya has served his community extensively on boards and coalitions. He volunteered many years at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King center for nonviolence under the leadership of the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King. He is a member of the Concerned Black Clergy of Atlanta and the Peoples Agenda, an organization established by the late Rev Joseph Lowery. Former chairman of the American Bar Association alternative dispute resolution section. Former elected executive member of the Atlanta insurance professionals. In 2017 he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the new City of South Fulton. However, his passion has been to mentor and sponsor youth sports programs and public speaking. Koya’s pride and joy are his families.
Last updated on May 27, 2021