Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $90,000)
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).
West Virginia Child Care Association (WVCCA) is a private, non-profit organization representing agencies that operate a variety of behavioral health and child welfare programs statewide for the most vulnerable and difficult children in West Virginia -children who have experienced abuse, neglect, emotional and behavioral disabilities, substance abuse and or delinquency. In an effort to reduce the time children spend in state care and ultimately reduce the number of children who enter the state custodial system, WVCCA will conduct an At-Risk Prevention Outreach and Training Series that will: 1) Assess the state of at-risk youth in West Virginia in order to address and ultimately eliminate the barriers to preventing at-risk behavior; 2) Develop an At-Risk Prevention Toolkit comprised of program modules, educational resources and outreach materials; 3) Provide hands-on training on using the toolkit in local communities; and 4) Launch a statewide outreach campaign focused on promoting the need to prevent at-risk behavior, and most importantly, how everyone can play a role in making a difference. WVCCA will develop, collect, and analyze program evaluations for the workshops within the conference. These program evaluations will assess: participant knowledge of the toolkit and curriculum content, participant reports of self-efficacy to implement the toolkit curricula in their local communities, anticipated barriers and facilitators to implementation, and participant satisfaction with the training program.