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 Touchstone Village program of the Youth Crisis Center (YCC) will provide disconnected youth a chance to become responsible productive adults through a structured program of training and support in social and independent living skills. The overall goal of the program is to prevent and reduce delinquent behavior and victimization. The operating goals guiding the programmatic operations of the program are to: (1) prepare youths for independent living by age 18 and (2) keep youth out of the juvenile justice system. Objectives will be to provide a safe and functional living environment; develop social skills; provide basic independent living skills; provide educational services and provide training in employment skills and career awareness. Data on outcome achievement will be collected and reported to OJJDP as required. YCC has an established data collection system that includes all aspects of each participant's situation at intake, demographics and background, service history during the program and exit/follow-up information. YCC uses the federal RHYMIS data collection and reporting system as well as generates specific reports customized for each grant funder. All data is recorded on a daily basis and processed into monthly reports which are made available to program managers and administrators.