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).
The Ifetayo Cultural Arts Anti-Violence and Delinquency Prevention Programming consists of a complement of 5 interrelated programs designed to serve youth of the African diaspora (primarily ages 12-18) in communities in need in Central Brooklyn. Facing economic disadvantage, challenges of emigration, and racial barriers, our constituents are particularly vulnerable to juvenile delinquency, gang involvement, and violence. Our goals are to reduce these phenomena by improving their academic achievement, family function, college matriculation levels, and interpersonal respect and communication skills. This is accomplished through 5 programs that offer training in areas such as personal and professional skill development, conflict resolution, community leadership, arts, theater, and African heritage. They are the Rites of Passage Programs; Financial Education Institute (FEI) and Individual Development Accounts Program (IDA); the Ifetayo Youth Ensemble (IYE); the Cultural Arts Program; and the Marcus Garvey Cultural Heritage Program.