Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
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).
Schulenburg Weimar In Focus Together (SWIFT), a community-based non-profit (501.c.3) Texas Corporation, was formed and opened in January 2005. Its mission is 'To empower access to our communities' assets' and its vision is 'To preserve and enhance the quality of life where every individual thrives - physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.' SWIFT was formed to maximize community assets and seek additional resources from outside the community to create long-term change in mental models to enrich the lives of youth. Schulenburg and Weimar are small Central Texas rural communities of about 2,000 citizens each, located halfway between Houston and San Antonio. They are eight miles apart and collaborate on many levels, particularly those serving youth, such as Young Life, the Boys & Girls Clubs and many other programs coordinated and served by SWIFT. The goals of the program are: to create parent engagement in their children's education from birth through the high school years; to improve Kindergarten entry-level learning ability which will improve the student's ability to learn throughout their school years; to keep the student's self-esteem high as they lead their peer group in academic achievement and to tutor low-performing students in K-6th grades enabling them to catch-up with their classmates and enrich their overall learning ability. The performance measures are to measure the number of students who participate in the program; the number of students who complete the program from K-12th grade and the amount of improvement on the skills tests.