Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $400,000)
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).
Wittenberg University will continue to strengthen community programs for at-risk youth by building on the foundation created by the original grant awarded in 2008. The University is bringing together Clark County providers of after school programs to develop a coordinated, evidence-based approach for addressing the needs of at-risk youth. During Phase I, The Clark County At-Risk Youth Development program is identifying the students in greatest need and evaluating how current programs are serving those in need; establishing a regional collaborative to increase the number of youth served and the effectiveness of after school programming; and developing & testing a model for mentoring and tutoring middle and high school students in the City of Springfield. In Phase II, Wittenberg will provide a full range of training offerings for University student mentors & tutors, program providers, and community volunteers to ensure quality and continuous improvement in the delivery of services to at-risk youth. Phase II will also focus on assessment by developing and implementing a system for providers to use to determine standard quantitative and qualitative measures in order to improve their services and increase their ability to generate funding. Wittenberg will also assess the overall benefit of afterschool programs for the community at large. The outcome will be a self-sustaining network of after school providers working together to address the needs of at-risk youth; a continuous supply of highly trained tutors and mentors at local sites; and an increased number of at-risk youth served. The benefit to the community will be increased graduation rates and entry into college as well as less juvenile delinquency.