Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $100,000)
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 Eastside Scholars Program will provide critical after-school and summer services on the City's Near East-side, where there is currently a severe lack of after-school and summer enrichment services for youth. There is also a tremendous need for programs that serve as frontline, community-enhancing methods of crime prevention and of school drop-out prevention, while also improving academic performance and critically improving students' self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image. This Program will provide at least 220 students and 110 families with regular and dependable access to structured, fun and safe environments in which they can develop a safer and stronger sense of community while improving upon academic, recreational, economic and cultural life-skills as a foundation upon which to build more safe, stable, contented and productive lives. Youth will participate in the following activities tutoring in Math, Reading, and Reading comprehension; academic enrichment learning programs; community Service Learning Projects; family Read for Success Nights and Family Fun nights; and tutoring programs with senior citizen volunteers.