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).
This project aims to sustain and expand Linking Learning to Life's two highly successful program models supporting high school-aged Vermont youth by preparing them for successful employment and pursuit of postsecondary education in Vermont. Most of the youth engaged in these programs face significant challenges and barriers to successfully make the transition to life beyond high school due to minority or low income status, identified disabilities, lack of employment experience, learning English as new immigrants to this country, or being the first in their families to go to college. The project also supports organization development activities to enable Linking Learning to Life to continue and grow youth program opportunities in Vermont. These include establishing data and evaluation staffing and systems, developing media outreach and marketing resources, and building sustainability and financial planning for the organization.