Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $50,000)
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 Sistas and Brothas United (SBU) Youth Leadership and Tutoring Program provides: 1) positive alternatives to gang and drug cultures for youth living in the Northwest Bronx by engaging them in civic leadership activities; and 2) an effective academic support program for high school students from the Leadership Institute, Morris, Dewitt Clinton, The Community School for Social Justice, Walton, and Kennedy high school campuses in the Northwest Bronx. The civic leadership program develops the capacity of teenagers to research and identify issues of poor high school performance and ineffective community development. They then implement policy campaigns to solve these issues for all teenagers and community residents in the Northwest Bronx. This process helps them build a strong peer-to-peer accountability structure that provides support for all youth to succeed. The academic support program provides high quality peer tutoring, mentoring, Regents Exam preparation, and support for college enrollment to 100 teenagers each year.