Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
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 Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County, referred to as the Club aims to positively impact the lives of young people by: providing a safe environment to learn and grow; fostering ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; providing life enhancing programs and character development experiences; and offering hope and opportunity. The goal in each unit is to instill in each member: a sense of competence'the feeling there is something youth can do and do well; a sense of usefulness'the opportunity to do something of value for other people; a sense of power or influence'a chance to be heard and to influence decisions; and a sense of belonging'a setting where an individual know he or she has a place and is accepted. By creating a positive and supporting environment, the Club strives to prevent at risk youth from entering the juvenile justice system and set them on a path to break the cycle of poverty. The main objective of the project is to expand services into Red Bank and Long Branch and enhance the existing College Bound program for additional youth. The expansion Units will engage approximately 500 additional youth into the Club setting. College Bound expansion will allow enrollment of 20 additional students into the program and set them on the path for secondary education. Performance Measures will include the number of youth served in our programs, the percent that enroll and complete the program and the percentage with which evidence based program is used. Each youth will be tracked in our internal database to identify if any offend or reoffend. System improvement will include identifying staff trained, staff knowledge assessment, planning activities conducted and program materials developed.