Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $900,000)
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).
Gang of One is the resource-based gang prevention and intervention initiative of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD). Established in 2004 as a gang interdiction project, Gang of One has evolved into a comprehensive gang reduction initiative in partnership with local agencies and citizens and local, state, and federal law enforcement. Its mission is to prevent youth from joining a gang, support youth being pressured to join a gang, and assist youth in getting out of a gang. Its purpose is to connect gang-involved youth to community resources for disassociation and to educate the community about gang trends.
Gang of One prioritizes communities for program initiatives based upon the City of Charlotte Neighborhood Quality of Life Index studies and GangNet data. OJJDP funds will be used to maintain staff, hire new part-time staff, expand programs, and support new prevention and intervention programs. Short-term outcomes include hiring new personnel. Intermediate outcomes include the number of new programs, number of expanded programs, number of youth served, number of youth disassociating from gangs, number of juveniles demonstrating a decrease in truancy, and number of planning activities conducted. If these outcomes are met, Gang of One anticipates that long-term goals will be accomplished: a decrease in juvenile gang-related criminal activity and crime. NCA/NCF