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DuCAP CHOICES Program Expansion: Providing Positive Choices for Youth.

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Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $175,000)

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).

DuPage County Area Project's (DuCAP), established in 1991, operates with a mission to educate and empower local residents, organized as Community Committees, to take action aimed at encouraging youth to make positive choices. DuCAP has implemented and continues to run after school programs in nine locations, serving over 300 youth. DUCAP teaches life and social skills, along with tutoring and mentoring to encourage youth to make good decisions as they grow. Based on quarterly reviews of grades and behavior records, their statistics show improvement in academics and in behavior of youth in our programs compared to youth without DuCAP assistance. DuCAP programs enroll children from kindergarten to 8th grade, and programs are all individually tailored to the needs of each group. DuCAP also works with affiliates, such as Junior Achievement, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and Boys Scouts, to keep our programs fresh and entertaining for the participants. With this grant, DuCAP to fund more programs offering more youth safe places to go to after school hours, when they would be otherwise unsupervised. Along with running after school programs, DuCAP has encouraged volunteers to form Community Committees to expand our mission. DuCAP has collected needs assessments and hosted educational seminars to educate the community on issues learned in the assessment surveys. Individual boards have been formed at all locations and in every community they serve, and are starting to develop resource centers. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 15, 2009