Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $98,723)
New Directions for Youth's DPP program was designed to decrease truancy, academic failure, family dysfunction and exposure to violence and increase grade point averages, positive social development and self-esteem. New Directions for Youth will conduct follow-up of participants for 12 months after completing the program. Case managers will work closely with local high and middle schools and with the Los Angeles County Department of Probation to identify at-risk youth who meet the above criteria. Students identified as 'at-risk' by local schools and/or the Department of Probation will undergo a screening process to identify those students most at-risk.
DPP will provide direct services and programs to between 60-75 at-risk youth between the ages of 10-17 a year. In addition to providing direct services to these youth, DPP will provide indirect and direct services to parents and siblings, serving a total of approximately 175 individuals annually. DPP will reduce the risk of serious and enduring problems that perpetuate a cycle of poverty, under-achievement, and antisocial behavior, including gang activity, in at-risk, vulnerable youth living in the San Fernando Valley.
The primary goal of New Directions for Youth's DPP project is to prevent youth involvement in gangs among 10 ' 17 year olds in the San Fernando Valley, as prevention is the key to controlling gang activity. NCA/NCF