Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $275,000)
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.
The overall purpose of the New Mexico Sheriff and Police Athletic League project is to reduce negative behaviors and promote healthy behavioral patterns among New Mexico's youth by providing recreational, educational and cultural activities that unite youth with law enforcement officers, educators, and other positive role models. The project is designed to build self-esteem and resiliency in youth while providing positive alternatives to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use, delinquency, violence, gang activity, and other negative behaviors. NMPAL programs and activities are offered to participants 3 ' 5 times per week, year-round. The following program activities are sponsored at local sites across New Mexico: anti-gang initiatives, junior law enforcement academy, mentoring, Be a Fit Kid nutritional and exercise program, and a wide range of athletic activities such as baseball, football, wrestling, basketball, softball, and boxing. The target population at each site continues to be at-risk youth, children from persistently low-income families, children with incarcerated family members, and Native American youth. The grantee will report to OJJDP on performance measures including: the number of participants attending program activities, participant surveys, school attendance, and grade point averages.