Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $100,000)
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).
Grand Street Campus High Schools' (GSCHS) Arts Department will continue engaging high-risk student populations with technical theater and performing arts classes after-school and Saturdays. The goals are to prevent, reduce and eliminate juvenile delinquency behaviors including but not limited to gang activity and influence, truancy, crime, poor grades and test scores, student dropout and limited youth employment. The program objectives include increasing students' self-determination, academic performance, social and leadership skills, and job readiness. Funding will be used to increase student participation in technical theater and performing arts projects, including: interdisciplinary academic activities, group performance projects, 21st-century technologies, developing vocational skills and job readiness, and industry partnerships offering students internships.
The target population served is 600, 9th - 12th grade students with and without disabilities of which 80% qualify for free/reduced lunch and 97% are of minority backgrounds.
Performance outcomes will be measured by the increase in test scores, graduation rates, college acceptances, lowered attrition rates, and transitions into arts industry careers as well as reduced crime, truancy, and suspension rates.