Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)
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).
Baptist Child and Family Services Health and Human Services (BCFS HHS) is a non-profit delinquency and intervention program in San Antonio, TX. BCFS HHS will address needs identified by two juvenile probation departments in South Texas. In Kerr County, BCFS HHS will implement the YAD (Youth Averted from Delinquency) program in response to the probation department's request for assistance with truants and first-time offenders. In Bexar County, the request is to provide vocational education and on-the-job training to adjudicated youth who are at high risk for institutionalization. BCFS HHS will increase staffing to meet the growing demand in both targeted counties. In Kerr County, it will ensure that troubled youth have effective, early intervention. In Bexar County, it will provide high-risk adjudicated youth opportunities to prepare for meaningful employment while offering a safe after school setting for youth in a high-risk community. The goals of the program are to provide vocational education, on-the-job training, and leadership development to the current KAPS program in Bexar County; to hire a Case Manager and to initiate education, employment training, and leadership development for KAPS youth assigned to the agency's business/community development project. The program will serve an additional 290 youth and their families over a two-year period. Outcomes will be assessed by the following performance measures: the number of participants served, the percent of youth who complete their respective programs, and the number of families who receive evidence-based interventions offered by the programs. The project will also track the number of youth who re-offend and/or who are truant during the programs' respective 90-day and one-year follow-up periods.