Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $50,000)
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.
The New Hope Academy Teen Challenge,located in Factoryville, PA will educate parents on the facts about drug use and provide practical techniques and strategies to steer youth away from the temptation of drug use. The project will focus on the prevention of drug experimentation and addiction among youth before residential rehabilitation services are necessary. Four primary sources, 'Navigating the Teen Years,' 'How to Drug Proof Your Child,' 'Raising Healthy Kids' and 'Empowering Youth to Make Responsible Choices' will be utilized in strengthening the most potent entity in combating the drug/alcohol addiction problem. Key staff will increase community awareness of this project by partnering with an advisory board of community youth leaders, parents and educators in reaching out to schools and other youth oriented entities within two counties of the 10th Congressional District with a Drug Proof Your Child prevention program. Measurable outcomes such as staff training, tracking community awareness efforts by way of mailings, function attendance and feedback will be put in place to measure progress toward achieving the desired results. NCA/NCF