Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
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 Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center's After School Program for youth aims to address the need of children to have a safe environment to learn and play in the after school hours. The importance of after school activities for children and teens in preventing high risk behavior has been established through a number of studies including Critical Hours: Afterschool Programs and Educational Success by Dr. Beth M. Miller. The Crotona section of the Bronx is located in the most impoverished Congressional District in the country, thus the program's Community Board is comprised of 33% children under the age of 18 and half of households with children are run by single parents, (2000 Census). The Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center's After School Program insures that 100 youth have a safe environment after school and activities that develop skills in martial arts, computer technology, dance, photography, sports, art and literacy. The program is operated daily Monday through Friday during the school year for children and year-round Monday through Thursday for teens. Progress will be measured by the number of participants attending the program and their completion of assignments, surveys, and achieving benchmarks. NCA/NCF