Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $75,000)
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 Marshal of Muscogee County will implement the Junior Marshal Program for middle school students. The project's primary activity will be the operation of meetings with selected students twice monthly on the school campus for training and mentoring sessions in accordance with the CLEFT curriculum. The acronym CLEFT means C = Citizenship, L = Leadership, E = Education, F = Fun and T = Teamwork. Each student must be able to comprehend, dialog, and participate in the chapter project in order to be successful. Joint meetings of all twelve middle schools will be conducted monthly using the same subject matter. The final event of the year will be a three day field trip.
The objectives of the program include: (1) To eliminate the behavioral problems of the original students; and (2) To increase the enrollment to 120 students (ten from each middle school). Progress will be measured by student participation, attitude, and performance oriented tasks using the word CLEFT. The program will track the students for a period of two years to ensure quantifiable results of completed tasks.