Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,531,403)
In this final year of the Three-Year Plan, the state will continue efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities (RED) and promote positive youth development (PYD). Because RED falls under a compliance category, these efforts will be undertaken by allocating funding to delinquency prevention with the target population being African American youth. Much of Ohio’s Title II has been dedicated for this purpose since 2007. Thousands of African American youth have been served and the state has seen several years of reductions in disparity. The addition of PYD in 2021 has served non-minority and other youth to ensure that all youth have access to services. Administrative funds will be allocated to support the JJ Specialist and a Grants Management Representative, a small amount of funding will be used to support compliance monitoring. Funding will also be allocated for SAG activities. Delinquency prevention funding (RED) will be awarded to community providers where large numbers of at-risk African American youths reside and have the greatest needs. The goal is to reduce contact with the juvenile justice system by providing prevention and early intervention services. Funding allocated for Positive Youth Development (PYD) will be used to fund programs that serve youth of all races. The target population will be at-risk youths living in impoverished communities where there are risk factors such drug abuse, high crime rates, and where there is limited access to financial or other resources. Funding will be awarded for a fourth and final year to continuation programs for services such as mentoring, skill building, job readiness, counseling, and family therapy. Effectiveness will continue to be closely monitored by the department's Grant Management Representative.
Deliverables include services and programming for at-risk youth of all races, between the agencies of 10 and 17. Products will include quarterly and annual performance reports with performance/progress tracked using OJJDP’s predefined performance measures for the RED and PYD program areas. Performance reports will be reviewed quarterly to ensure each program is on task and making adequate progress towards reaching the intended outcomes.