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 seeks to improve the lives of 800 fatherless at-risk males, ages 10-18, by providing a year-round, comprehensive mentoring program in ten communities across the United States using a gender-specific three-prong mentoring approach consisting of summer leadership camps, multi-faceted educational centers/academic support, and a network of year-round mentoring support services/activities. The goal is to provide positive male role models and mentoring services for youth in a safe environment focusing on positive character-building and offering gender specific strategies for accomplishment. Success is tracked through report cards, progress reports, pre/post surveys, staff observations, monthly reports, semi-annual reports, and mother/guardian surveys. Intended outcomes for this project are: reduction in number of fatherless at-risk young males entering the juvenile justice system; and development and maturity of fatherless at-risk young males into productive responsible adults.