Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $100,000)
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).
Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) has operated Never Give Up, as a monitoring program to support alternatives to incarceration for young people in the DC Metro area since 1995. The proposed goals of the program are to (1) Improve the organizational capacity of YAP to attract and retain adult advocates to mentor kids in at risk circumstances and (2) Improve outcomes for teens involved in the juvenile justice system. The objective of the proposed program is to provide pro-social face-to-face monitoring services with conflict resolution through mediation and cultural enhancement. The methodology would include balanced and restorative justice (BARJ) principles. Never Give Up would provide young people with up to 10 hours of mentoring services per week, including two (2) hours of group time, for a period of three (3) to six (6) months over a one (1) year period to provide mentoring services to 12-24 young people per year.