Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $100,000)
Through the Byrne Congressionally Mandated Awards program, the Office of Justice Programs helps communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and supports training and technical assistance programs and other efforts that strategically target local needs. This program is authorized to organizations identified in the Conference Report to accompany the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010.
The issues involved in juvenile delinquency are complex and demand a multi-faceted approach. The impact of juvenile delinquency, and subsequent possible incarceration, on the individual, family and community is far-reaching and devastating. An effective community agency intervention must involve partnerships and collaborations with CBOs, criminal justice agencies, families, community members, and public health agencies. Men of Valor Academy, a non-profit, faith-based community organization proposes an evidence-based work force development program for young, high-risk males who reside in Alameda County, California, with specific focus in Oakland, California. This project will emphasize energy efficient, green building training; Life Skills training; career development and job preparedness training; positive community leadership development; and academic/job placement assistance. The overarching goal is to reduce juvenile delinquency/anti-social behavior and increase employability in living-wage jobs and careers. NCA/NCF