Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $850,000)
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.
Hope Through Housing Foundation (HTHF) will expand and enhance its ongoing Violence Prevention Initiative. Funding will be used to achieve four goals: 1) expand the violence prevention curriculum to 23 sites; 2) expand and ehnace a training system for staff who work in the after school program; 3) provide staff with traing on best practices in violence prevention and effective programming; and 4) provide opportunities to engage families in their children's learning and in violence prevention. HTHF's Violence Prevention Initiative is delivered after school to address and reduce behaviors associated with violence among at-risk youth. Expansion of this program will allow HTHF to serve approximately 800 at-risk youth grades K-12. By standardizing training for staff, HTHF is able to provide continuity and stability to youth enrolled in the program. Family engagement is essential to give parents tools to promote learning and conflict resolution in the home. A comprehensive evaluation of all program activities will allow the program to contribute to literature on best practices.