Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
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 City of Suffolk proposes to conduct several youth crime prevention programs including afterschool programs, a youth community service initiative, a mentoring program and youth conferences to increase gang awareness. These programs are expected to lead to a reduction in juvenile related crimes. The program will focus on youth ages 11 to 14 years. The goals include: expanding youth focused community collaborations and partnerships with businesses and other organizations, educational awareness for youth and their families, and expanded opportunities for positive relationships between youth and adults. These goals will be accomplished through after-school and summer leadership program activities that focus on life skills training, career planning, job readiness and strategies to deal with difficult situations. One thousand youth and adults will participate in two youth forums on gang prevention, civic engagement and leadership; 150 youth will be involved in six (6) community service projects; and 20 adults are expected to serve as mentors to at-risk youth in group settings.