Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)
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 Overtown Youth Center (OYC) provides comprehensive case management and counseling services that focus on each child's achievement of their own personalized Individual Success Plan. This project will provide academic support, skill-building and college preparation; a variety of cultural and recreational enrichment activities; character development; team-building skills; fitness, nutrition and health activities. OYC will also provide opportunities for increased parent/guardian involvement in their children's education and social development for 225 youth 256 days year-round and their parents. Children in grades two through 2 years post-high school participate in activities in a secure, well-equipped 18,000 square-foot facility located in the heart of Overtown. The goal is for these at risk children to succeed in school, graduate, attend post-secondary educational or vocational institutions and/or obtain employment so that they can overcome the cycle of poverty into which they were born. Data will be collected to measure progress via grade point averages, expulsions, and school and OYC attendance records.