Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $1,974,456)
The City of Omaha Expanded After-school/Out-Of-School Program initiative will focus on strengthening after-school programming in three schools. The approach will include facilitating agency collaboration; addressing system-wide issues such as program accessibility, quality, staffing, funding, and transportation; and creating measures to track and evaluate the success of the initiative. Affordable, supervised, and focused after-school programming is encouraged to improve academic achievement, promote healthy children, youth, and communities; and reduce delinquent behavior.
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade who attend Omaha Public Schools, Westside Community Schools, or Millard Public Schools are the target population for this initiative. The approach involves enlisting after school providers in collaborative service-delivery through the allocation of funds among the partnering agencies. The City of Omaha intends to collect process and evaluative data to track benchmarks and measure program impact over a three-year period. Data to be collected will include: Attitude changes toward school (improved/unimproved); recreational opportunities(increased/decreased); changes in how adults value student's opinions (increased/decreased); assess whether youth listen to adult advice increased/decreased); asses whether peers demonstrate appropriate behavior (increased/decreased); academic achievement to measure changes in days absent or truant, school disciplinary actions, and changes in grades; changes in peer relations (improved/unimproved); changes in parent/guardian relations (improved/unimproved); delinquent behavior (reduced/increased); and assess types of law enforcement problems reduced/increased).