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 Cherokee County Family Resource Center proposes to implement the STAR Program, Saving Teens At Risk, an adolescent day treatment program that would include an educational component, psycho-educational groups, group therapy, individual therapy and prevention classes/groups. The STAR Program would be modeled after the SOS (System of Services) Program in Morgan County, AL also funded by OJJDP. The purpose of this program is to serve at-risk male and female youth, ages 12-17, of Cherokee County by providing local intervention and prevention services to reduce the number of juveniles adjudicated to boot camps, detention, and other state facilities. These youth would be referred to STAR by the juvenile court, mental health, Cherokee County School Systems and Cherokee County Department of Human Resources. The goals of the program include (1) reducing the number of juveniles committed to state facilities, (2) providing prevention and intervention services to at-risk youth of Cherokee county, and (3) providing services and assistance to families in Cherokee County to address underlying family issues and provide tools to prevent at-risk behavior problems with their children.