Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)
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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay will expand its current prevention programs through the Helping Young People Excel (HYPE) Initiative to address the growing gang problem, as well as the inequalities facing Latino youth. The HYPE Initiative will include a comprehensive awareness, as well as direct services in its existing gang and delinquency prevention activities. The HYPE Initiative will: 1) focus community efforts on completing a comprehensive gang assessment; 2) mobilize identified communities to repel gang appeal to Hispanic and Latino Youth; 3) educate Hispanic and Latino youth and parents, as well as other youth serving organizations to help youth reject gang involvement; 4) and provide effective prevention programs for those youth who are the most likely targets of gang recruitment. The first three objectives are aimed at reducing the appeal of gangs to at-risk Hispanic and Latino youth. In order to develop and deliver the proper message, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay will complete a comprehensive gang assessment to study and thoroughly understand the motivational forces involved in gang membership. Data will be collected to measure reductions in delinquent behavior, increased competencies in gang awareness, increased resiliency skills, improved attitudes towards school, and increased conflict resolution skills.