Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $125,000)
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 Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Connecticut is requesting funding to facilitate Project Learn at the Thames River Apartments Boys & Girls Club. This Boys & Girls Club is located in one of the most distressed neighborhoods in New London, Club members ages 6-18, and their families struggle against poverty, lack of education, high teen pregnancy rates, violence and substance abuse. The goal of Project Learn is to increase academic achievement of participants through homework help and tutoring, high-yield learning and leisure activities (HYLA), parent and adult involvement, collaboration with schools and incentives. This comprehensive program strategy is based on research showing that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, activities.