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 Crawford County Family Connection will support the Graduation Kitchen Table Workshop, an existing community level project that provides the instruction, tutorials, counseling, support, and supplemental activities to help participants pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT). Selected students will meet each Sunday afternoon of the month for five weeks around the founder's kitchen table. Two certified Crawford County teachers will provide instruction and supplemental learning activities in English and language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Trained paraprofessionals and parent volunteers will provide support to the teachers. Students will also be provided opportunities to participate in socio-cultural experiences, which include activities such as a field trip to colleges or cultural/educational sites, lectures or special programs offered, and social etiquette instruction.
The objective of the Graduation Kitchen Table Workshop is to raise the passing rate for the GHSGT. In the State of Georgia, students are required to pass the High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in order to receive a high school diploma. This will, consequently, lower the dropout rate and raise the graduation rate. This objective will be met through the use of workshops, hands on activities, field trips, and consultant visits.