Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $639,000)
In 1992, the new Title V of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974, as amended (42 U.S.C. 5601 et seq.), established the Incentive Grants for Local Delinquency Prevention Programs, more commonly known as the Community Prevention Grants program. Working from a research-based framework, this program focuses on reducing risks and enhancing protective factors to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system. It offers a funding incentive to encourage community leaders to initiate multidisciplinary assessments of risks and resources unique to their communities and to develop comprehensive, collaborative plans to prevent delinquency. To enhance the capacity of communities to formulate, implement, and evaluate comprehensive delinquency prevention plans, OJJDP sponsors orientation training for community leaders. It also offers training on collecting and analyzing community risk and resource data, developing community prevention plans by choosing promising strategies and provides other needed technical assistance free of charge. The goal of this program is to support delinquency prevention programs and activities for youth who are likely to have contact with the juvenile justice system or who have had contact with the juvenile justice system including the provision to children, youth and families of a wide range of services such as recreation, tutoring, mentoring, and leadership development activities.