Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $150,000)
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 City of Wilson (NC) has an emerging gang problem. In 2006, to begin coordinating efforts at addressing gang issues, the Wilson Police Department and several other governmental, business, and community service entities came together to form the Wilson Gang Task Force. Each of these agencies provides some service to at-risk youth, either in terms of intervention, prevention, or suppression. The group is working to better coordinate the services provided given that the existing financial environment is causing some programs to decrease services. This grant will provide funding to seven organizations across the City of Wilson that provide intervention, prevention, and education programs to at-risk youth. The organizations were chosen based on their proven successful efforts at making a positive change in the lives of Wilson youth. The agencies signed a memorandum of understanding to provide statistical information, meet quarterly to share information, and work to better coordinate their efforts at serving the Wilson Community. NCA/NCF