Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $400,000)
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 Allegheny Housing Authority (ACHA) will provide structured recreational programs for at-risk youth by constructing a community center near the public housing development. The Harrison Township Community Center will offer structured activities through a computer lab, a library, a basketball court and coordinated local support services. The goal is to reduce the number of criminal activities committed by youth in the Park/Sheldon public housing community and provide an after-school program with structured recreational activities for a minimum of 50youth under the age of 18 that will offer adult supervision during non-school hours. Also, to improve the academic performance, including test scores, student attendance, student retention and graduation rates, of Park/Sheldon youth. The success of the program will be measured by the number of juvenile complaints reported to the police department; the number of youth who participate in the after-school program and utilize the community center; and the grades, test scores, attendance, retention and graduation rate of Park/Sheldon youth since participating in the programs at the Center. ACHA will continue to work with the Harrison Township Police Department through its Public Safety Department to obtain and keep accurate records of crimes committed by youth at Park/Sheldon reported to the police. NCA/NCF