Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)
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 Pathways Program will include educational programs and services to promote student achievement and support post-school outcomes for students at-risk of dropping out of school. A focus on intervention strategies integrated into the middle and high school settings for at-risk students will reduce the need for placement in the alternative school setting. This system of supports begins with prevention and results in appropriate intervention based on student need and response to evidence-based interventions. Services provided in an actual alternative setting will be a last resort option in a district-wide comprehensive system of services and supports for students. The Pathways Program will offer courses in core content subject areas that will enable all students in the program to earn high school credits. Evidenced-based instructional interventions will remediate reading and mathematics deficits. Personalizing the learning environment and participating in service-learning projects will enhance academic, intellectual, civic, ethical, social and personal development. Career and/or technical education will provide multiple pathways to attain readiness for work or higher education. A mental health component will support resiliency so students can be contributing and productive community members. Progress will be measured through achievement measures, attendance and discipline records, portfolios, surveys and changes in student behaviors. NCA/NCF