Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $400,000)
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).
Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection will serve 128 at-risk youth ages 14-18 for a 12 month period. Participants have been identified as at-risk for dropping out because of low school attendance rates, poor grades, being over age for their grade level, performing badly on state assessments, and low socio-economic status. Funding will expand the Syracuse Hillside Work Scholarship Program which currently provides mentoring and wrap around services to 400 youth in the Syracuse City School District. The program is designed to prevent delinquent behavior and victimization. The program seeks to (i) increase high school graduation rates, (ii) develop participants' job readiness and employment skills, and (iii) place eligible participants in after-school jobs with HW-SC employer partners. Services will include individualized graduation plans, weekly meetings with their Youth Advocate, weekly enrichment activities, job readiness training and where appropriate after school jobs.
HW-SC uses an on-line Efforts Towards Outcomes (ETO) system to track goals linked to participants Individual Graduation Plans. For this project, progress will be measured via a series of HW-SC benchmarks linked to academic achievement, and employment readiness & placement.