Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $50,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
Invest in Youth is a program that will reach disadvantaged and underserved youth ages 10-18 to address their academic, social, emotional and cultural skills. The program will accomplished the goal by providing a safe, challenging, and engaging learning experience in the Urban League's Invest in Youth Afterschool Program. Positive role models will direct services to these students offering insight into the importance of making the right decisions in life. This program will tackle the problems of poor school attendance and low academic achievement as well as violent and criminal behavior. In addition, the program will provide the academic and life skills necessary to produce positive adults who can add to the strength of our community.
Performance measures: Information will be collected on the number of youth that attend weekly/monthly classes/training sessions and complete program requirements; grades will be monitored through report cards from participants and class exercises with program staff; information on attendance will be obtained from the Muscogee County School District; pre and post surveys will be completed by youth and family of participants to measure satisfaction with program. Data will be gathered and evaluated after youth have been in program for six months and after one year.