Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $99,350)
Marion County will implement Life Directions a school to community based peer to peer program that seeks to provide motivation to at risk youth from economically disadvantaged communities. The goal of the program is to motivate youth to become responsible productive adults through self direction. Marion County will achieve this goal through its three components, neighborhood enrichment program, peer motivation program and peer mentoring program. Marion County will target youth at risk of dropping out of school from McKay and Woodburn High schools. The program will serve 350 youth and will recruit Hispanic at risk youth into the program. The program will increase reading scores in 66 per cent or 212 students during the year 2) increase Math scores in 82 per cent or 287 students during the year 3) have 20 per cent or 70 students graduate from high school during the year.