Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $550,000)
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).
Operation QT will provide programs at each of the 18 campuses listed: Phoenix, Glendale, and Mesa. The programs will provide recreational, academic and cultural activities to at-risk youths. They are offered as an alternative to at- risk behaviors in non-school time (gangs, juvenile delinquency, etc.). The formation of healthy peer groups will build self confidence and self esteem; and will enhance academic skills in a supervised, productive environment during after school hours when much juvenile crime, drug & alcohol use, and pregnancies occur. The goals of the program are: to improve academic achievement for all participating students; to enhance students' exposure to cultural disciplines such as music, art drama and dancing; and to offer recreational activities and to build self esteem and overcome students' sense of hopelessness and reduce the number of student discipline problems (substance abuse, violent behavior, insubordination, truancy, etc) among those participating. The performance measures will include the following: (1) Each school will keep records that indicate the number of individuals students served in each of the school activities and the total number in all activities served; (2) Each school will monitor and report academic achievement by participating students; (3) Each school will use its discipline referrals to measure program's effect on reduction of discipline problems among program participants. This will be accomplished by establishing a 'control group' of non-participants for comparison. A control group may not work as a measuring device by all of the schools (each school's program is unique to their needs and activities. The activity name and number of different activities conducted by each school
(the types of activities per school are unique to them).