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The Spot Next Door After School Program to Prevent Youth Violence

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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).

Bronx Community Pride Center's target population is middle and high school age Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) in the Bronx. BCPC's The Spot Next Door is an after-school program that will engage youth from 2-6 pm Monday through Saturday through educational support, counseling, workshops, social and other structured activities to promote positive youth development and deter them from delinquent behaviors. In addition, two Workshop Series (a basic and an advanced level Series) aimed at preventing youth violence and juvenile delinquency will be designed and implemented.

The goal of the program is to prevent juvenile delinquency and youth violence. BCPC plans to enroll at least 600 youth to participate in The Spot Next Door after-school program during the academic year 2009-2010. The objectives are as follows: 1) To provide a place that fosters a sense of belonging and provides alternatives to juvenile delinquency and youth violence through The Spot Next Door; and 2) To provide case management to help youth improve self-awareness and esteem, access needed services and make positive choices and decisions in their lives.

It is expected that youth who participate in Safe Spot programs, will be more likely to stay in school, enroll in GED preparation programs and pass the GED exam, and avoid a first or repeat criminal offense. Participants in the program will be tracked on their involvement and reported for performance measures and evaluation. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 15, 2009