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 Urban League of Hudson County, a National Urban League affiliate, has served Hudson County communities and its most vulnerable young people, specifically those youth involved in the juvenile justice system. These funds will enable the ULOHC to expand and enhance an existing initiative, Becoming The CEO of Your Life (CEO). The ULOHC's CEO program, developed for in school and out-of-school youth ages 14 ' 18, offers delinquency prevention and youth development experiences that increase the resiliency and enhance the protective factors for youth and their families. The CEO program uses a strengths and assets based approach to provide services to adolescents. At risk of educational failure, contact with the juvenile justice system, gang affiliation, teen pregnancy, truancy and juvenile delinquency, CEO youth receive after school supervision and programmatic services that increase their decision making and conflict resolution skills. These activities will connect families with tools that enable them to become self sufficient and strong supporters of their children. The strategies within this program's expansion and enhancement plan are research based, builds on strengths, and foster the self sufficiency of families to develop resilient, gang resistant adolescents.
To achieve these goals, the ULOHC will hire and train additional staff and provide CEO program programming services to 40 participants. The Urban League of Hudson will use its additional funded organizational capacity to investigate and select an appropriate family strengthening model for the Jersey City community. Staff will be trained to replicate the selected model. Family strengthening services will be offered to a minimum of twenty parents/guardians of the CEO program's youth participants. NCA/NCF