Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,073,307)
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 purpose of the project is to deter juvenile crime and other potential negative behaviors (i.e. drug/alcohol use, gang involvement, etc.) among youth in the state of New Jersey with the availability of sports related mentoring activities. The project will serve approximately 2,500 youth, ages 11 to 16, throughout the state of New Jersey. The development and implementation of this project will enable effective and coordinated prevention and intervention of juvenile crime while simultaneously assisting to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of youth and their families. This Police Athletic League of New Jersey 2009/2010 Afterschool Initiative will have six (6) main components: Youth Fun Day activities; Youth Athletic Competitions; Equestrian Ranch camp, a positive reinforcement of good behavior, grades, and citizenship; Explorer Training, an expedited internship in a career in Law Enforcement; Youth Leadership Council; and enhanced capacity of local PAL chapters through the award of sub-grants.