Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $30,000)
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 Altadena Station Youth Activities League (YAL) is an after-school program for at-risk 6th'8th grade youth with behavior problems at home and/or school, poor grades, and truancy issues. Students with these problems can continue to fail in high school with many dropping out and failing to earn a diploma. The YAL program fuses the supportive elements of educators, parents and law enforcement, resulting in the development of life skills that promote success in school and a decreased attraction to drugs and gangs. The program will address social, emotional, and educational problems and develop self-discipline, self-esteem, and responsibility. The program balances drill and discipline instruction with tutoring, homework completion, and counseling. The immediate goal is improvement in grades and behavior with a long term goal of students continuing to utilize learned skills to complete high school and excel in future educational and personal goals.
Progress will be monitored and documented monthly with parents and educators. Student rewards are sports activities, field trips and awards. Program expansion to all Altadena middle school students includes visiting Webster School weekly, with a trailer equipped with computers, supplies and sports equipment. NCA/NCF