Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $80,000)
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 Pasadena Community Mentoring Program (PCMP) is to provide mentoring services to the most at-risk youth attending local schools grades 4 through 9 to ultimately reduce truancy and anti-social behavior, increase their academic achievement, and enhance their ability to succeed in school and life beyond. There are significant economic, social, and educational challenges in Northwest Pasadena and West Altadena in the Pasadena Unified School District which are concentrated at a typical school, such as John Muir High School. Under the OJJDP FY09 Earmarks Programs, the PCMP is proposed to provide early intervention and prevention services through the mentoring relationships to 60 youth per year, in grades 1st to 12th. The project will allow Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters (CBBBS) to continue to support over 80 youth in need of a mentor and in various stages of one-to-one mentoring relationships within the PCMP. Expected outcomes in our Project are improved academics by 25% GPA, better school dropout rates by 20% and confidence in skills achieved and relationships built. NCA/NCF