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The Casita Maria QUAD Initiative
(Quality, Understanding, Accountability, Discipline)

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $247,000)

Casita Maria will implement an after school and summer program that provides literacy improvement, tutoring, arts education and career preparation skills. Casita Maria's arts education curriculum, QUAD(Quality, Understanding, Accountability and Discipline) will provide 150 participants ages 6-17 with formative skill building, academic and literacy achievement, intermediate and advanced skill building, career preparation,job creation, and community service learning. To accomplish these objectives Casita Maria will provide arts integrated experiential classes and arts performances through 3-hour after school and 6-week summer programs. Annually, an evaluator will measure cumulative progress through case studies, attitudinal change instruments, and the tracking of school attendance, academic and skill building achievement. Casita Maria will report results to OJJDP in the grantee's Categorical Assistance Progress Reports. NCA/NCF

Casita Maria will continue to implement the STEPUP! arts curriculum after-school program and the summer learning institute for South Bronx students. The primary goals are to 1) expose youth to the fine arts; 2) develop youth's fundamental and arts skills; 3) learn and improve literacy skills of youth; 4) prepare youth for future careers and college settings; and 5) provide community service opportunities for youth. The primary activity will be after-school programming to include educational sessions, field trips, community service projects, arts education, and arts presentations.NCA/NCF

Date Created: July 13, 2004