Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $600,000)
Through the Edward Byrne Memorial Congressionally Recommended Awards program, the Office of Justice Programs helps communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and supports training and technical assistance programs and other efforts that strategically target local needs. This program is authorized to organizations identified in the Text and Joint Explanatory Statement, Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009.
This project will support critical services for school-aged rural troubled youth and their families who are referred to the Allegany County Youth Court; middle and high school age students identified as at risk of school failure and/or substance abuse; and victims of domestic violence in rural areas. A network of justice agencies, schools, and social service agencies will coordinate and deliver resources for youth who exhibit psychological and/or behavioral difficulties, and who are victims of direct physical and psychological attacks or have observed abusive relationships in their families. The project will increase the effectiveness of county agencies and schools to intervene with troubled youth and decrease the incidents of juvenile violence, as well as provide prevention programming and enhance service provision.