Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $148,084)
Regent University's Delinquency Prevention Program (DPP) targets 7th to 9th grade students who are subject to the risk factors of delinquency, but, as yet, have not demonstrated a pattern of behaviors linked to school failure.
The purpose of DPP is to provide direct support for programs that serve these students as a means of minimizing risk factors and preventing delinquency.
Students who will be served through DPP activities share the following characteristics: (1) they have limited or no involvement in school activities; (2) earn average to below-average grades; and (3) are not identified as needing special education services.
Typically, if they do not distinguish themselves by negative behaviors, these students become somewhat 'invisible' in the classroom, and their academic and social needs may be overlooked. As the invisible student transitions through the middle school years and begins grade 9, poor academic achievement and a low level of school involvement can set the stage for education failure , which may qualify the adolescent for intervention programs and services. NCA/NCF