Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $100,000)
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 City of Waterbury is home to an ethnically diverse population of 107,271. Waterbury is an urban center with a deteriorating middle class with no viable industrial or business base to financially support and sustain an emerging immigrant population. Urban youth are underserved due to the dearth of opportunities for recreation, esteem building, and educational resources that are adaptive to the needs of the vulnerable populations of Waterbury. The City of Waterbury is surrounded by lakes, rivers, streams, and reservoirs that during the warm summer months are very tempting to the youth of the city as a way to cool off. As an unfortunate result, over the years we have seen too many fatalities in this city. The Police Activity League of Waterbury, in concert with partners and community stakeholders, proposes a comprehensive SWIM'Safe Water Information Movement program that will recruit up to 1,200 at risk youth ages 3-18 per year from the community, develop a sustainable program that will encompass teaching the fundamentals of water safety to eradicate drowning and water related accidents and injuries. This comprehensive prevention program will be accomplished by collaborating with project partners including the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club and the City of Waterbury. NCA/NCF