Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
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).
The primary goal of this funding is to further the capacity building initiative implemented by Big Brothers Big Sisters ' Southwest Louisiana (BBBS-LA) in Fall 2007 exacerbated by the recent hurricanes. The goal of the Capacity Building Initiative is to provide mentoring to all at-risk children in Louisiana. This advertising campaign will seek to recruit participants and volunteers. This project also seeks to establish an outreach campaign to partner with more organizations and individuals to work towards sustainability for BBBS-LA to provide mentoring services and helping those in need with clothes, school supplies, and other critical needs as well as incentives to help them succeed. The immediate objectives are to increase the number of mentors recruited and partnerships developed. Additional objectives include: positive changes in: Caring, Competence and Confidence ratings of 'littles,' volunteer evaluations of orientation and support, and case manager and observation evaluations of 'littles.'