Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $165,000)
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 Youth Activities League (Y.A.L.) is to provide a wholesome environment for children ages 7 to 17 to interact with law enforcement officials in a positive environment. The Y.A.L. will strive to impart positive ethically-based values in the children participating in the program. With a large percentage of immigrant parents struggling to provide for a family, many children in this community are often left to raise themselves. This creates a breeding ground for the growing gang culture.
Success of the Y.A.L. program will be measured by a long term longitudinal study comparing children who have participated in the program with their counterparts who did not participate. Factors such as truancy rates, high school graduation, juvenile and adult incarceration should be measured over various lengths of time. NCA/NCF