Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $150,000)
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 Rankin Christian Center is a nonprofit Faith-Based Community Social Service Agency primarily serving underserved communities in the Mon Valley of Allegheny County. Their mission is to provide comprehensive youth services as a deterrent to juvenile delinquency, therefore, helping to create safer environment within the communities. They are located in the heart of a municipality where 30% of the residents are living below the poverty level. They will expand their efforts to expose youth to a broader world-view, offer opportunities to interact with positive role models, venture out side of their own communities, become exposed to a wide range of experiences that will enable them to expand their options and make positive choices. They will include an After School Learning Lab for youth 6-13 providing a safe environment for 100 youth to engage in academic skill development. Also, provide a forum for the youth to experience: 1) volunteer service opportunities; 2) career development lab; 3) conflict resolution lab (a forum to provide youth with an environment to work through conflict issues); and 4) incentives to continue their education. The third program objective shall provide a setting for 60 pre-teens to engage in a summer enrichment experience with the goal of assisting them retain skills learn during the school year. It is through this comprehensive program approach that they intend to create a safer living environment for the citizens of their community. NCA/NCF