Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
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).
Immersion Learning is a dynamic academic enrichment program that engages youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In partnership with youth-serving organizations, schools, and faith-based organizations, the program will introduce youth participants to the exciting world of research and exploration. Immersion uses thematic learning and interactive technologies to inspire and engage youth in grades 4'8. A key program objective is to use technology to link youth with career role models. Immersion has been proven successful with at-risk youth and has generated support from a prestigious array of public and private funders. Immersion will utilize OJJDP funds to reach up to 100,000 more at-risk and high-risk youth across the nation. Funding from other sources will support continuing program development and implementation of the academic enrichment program in additional sites.