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Youth Intervention and Development

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $259,361)

The Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action (CAPPA) is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides intervention and positive development strategies to at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth residing in the Williamsport and Lycoming Counties, Pennsylvania. Since 2002, CAPPA's Youth Intervention and Development program has worked to deter the anti-social activities that lead to early gang involvement and delinquent behavior. CAPPA serves 250 youth (K- 12th grade) by 1) providing two community-based 'Link Tech Sites' as after-school and extended-year Saturdays learning centers; 2) conducting a performing arts program; 3) organizing a summer basketball program for 140 youth; and 4) instituting a youth employment project with a local business as an alternative to gang involvement. CAPPA will collect data related to grades and absences from school to measure academic successes in partnership with the Williamsport Area School District and document the participation levels in partnership with the Lycoming County Public Housing Authority. CAPPA will assess the gang-related crime statistics provided in partnership with the Williamsport Police Department and record employment placements in partnership with Giant Food Stores. CAPPA increases academic achievement and decreases gang activity by providing safe alternative activities and employment oportunities. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 4, 2008