Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)
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 purpose of this effort is to provide an After School Enrichment program to the youth of Brockton through a three-pronged service provision approach. In the first approach, the City of Brockton proposes to provide mini-grants to ten community based organizations to provide a localized after school enrichment program. These ten sites are strategically located in high crime neighborhoods or in neighborhoods/housing complexes where large populations of youth live. The second approach is to provide funding to augment the City of Brockton's new Teen Center program. The Boys & Girls Club of Brockton, in collaboration with the Old Colony YMCA, opened the Brockton Teen Center on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 dedicated to teens ages 15-19. Teens are able to take job preparation courses and use computers as part of programming in the computer lab. The learning center, connected to the computer lab, is frequented by teens for homework, art programs, the Keystone character and leadership program and health and life skills activities. The third approach is to create Homework Assistance and Enrichment Center Centers at the branch Libraries. The city of Brockton will supplement the existing out of school opportunities for youth in grades kindergarten to eight and their families in a collaborative venue utilizing two public library buildings. On a daily basis, interested youth will have the opportunity to receive homework help and/or tutorial assistance. To assist in this service, collaborative agreements have been established with two local institutes of higher education, Stonehill College and Bridgewater State College. Each institute has agreed to provide college students on a volunteer basis to assist youth in enhancing academic achievement levels. NCA/NCF