Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $250,000)
The OJJDP FY 10 Earmarks Program furthers 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 Conference Report to accompany the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-117), H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 111-366 at 702-714.
Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ) has found that the key to a successful youth development program is to be able to engage youth and inspire them to leadership through civic participation, while remaining attentive to their multiple developmental needs. The goal for youth leadership is that it be geared towards civic engagement. The objectives are to 1) provide 45 high school-aged youth with tutoring and academic support services, such as homework help, SAT test preparation and help with college applications, 2) provide youth with the skills necessary to analyze and organize against the injustices they see plaguing their community, and 3) promote the health and wellness of the youth and community as a whole. Specifically, youth will participate in the Providing Education, Encouraging Restored Students (PEERS) campaign in an effort to urge schools to implement a discipline model that restores relationships, resolves conflicts, and keeps youth in school. Youth will also participate and lead campaigns to restore the health of the Bronx River, and other social and environmental campaigns, as well as take field trips to Freedom Farm and participate in small groups where youth discuss issues of health and fitness. NCA/NCF