Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $75,000)
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 purpose of the Senior Citizen / Youth Book Project is to offer at-risk youth an opportunity to be mentored by senior citizens. This program will also allow Family Connection the opportunity to assess each family of these youth and direct them to local and regional resources that will assist them in becoming a more stable family while encouraging these children to succeed in school. During the three year program, evaluation of the children's grades, school attendance and discipline referrals will be followed, as well as the progress of meeting the needs of each of the families involved.
The objectives of the program include: Reducing the number of times these youth are referred for discipline; reducing the number of unexcused school absences for these youth; increasing the overall grade averages for these youth; and increasing parental involvement (parents of youth in program) in these youth academic and social life.