Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)
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 this project is to effect positive change in inner-city, at-risk youth who exhibit signs of giving into their environment where violence, drugs and peer pressure are the dominating forces in their respective communities. Youth 10 through 17 years of age who have been identified by their parents, teachers, counselors, the court system, and/or a community person as experiencing challenges with crime, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and negative peer pressure will be the target audience for the 'I Will Survive' project. Participants will be assessed to ascertain their level of need. Workshops in areas of Conflict Resolution, Self-esteem building, LET's Be Real which is a Peer to Peer dialogue on issues that affect everyday life, academic enhancements, and daily one on one or group counseling will play a major role in reaching the goals of the project. The Youth Intervention Project will operate five days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Emergency hours will be available on the weekends. Professional staffs who are educators and social service expertise will serve as mentors, facilitators and counselors for all of the project participants. An internal evaluations and project outcomes will be conducted monthly and a final evaluation will be conducted at the end of the program. NCA/NCF