Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $300,000)
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 School Board of Palm Beach County proposes to provide at risk and adjudicated youth with graduation and career counseling as a strategy for them to secure employment and employment opportunities to discourage future delinquency and incarceration. The strategies will be directed towards early intervention and residential intervention to reduce recidivism. The purpose of this project is to provide career transition guidance for Palm Beach County's at risk and adjudicated youth. The project's goals and activities will focus on providing opportunities for at risk and adjudicated youths under 18 years of age to support the skills needed to succeed in the workplace and the world. The Career/Graduation Counselor will work directly with students to develop individualized Career Support Plans that will focus on career readiness assessments which will measure abilities to apply skills on the job; curriculum which focuses on applied math, reading for information and locating information that is aligned to FCAT, TABE, ACT and GED; and individualized counseling based on student's personal career and postsecondary goals. Through collaboration with students, parents, teachers, community control officers, business partners, community resources, career centers, and postsecondary/vocational schools, the Career / Graduation Counselor will promote supportive learning environments through graduation and career counseling, postsecondary/vocational awareness activities with guest speakers, mentoring programs; professional development to PBC teachers and guidance counselors, and monitoring student progress. Data will be collected to measure job readiness and career knowledge.