Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $280,000)
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 Attendance Resource Centers: Working Toward A Brighter Future, is a multi disciplinary approach to reduce truancy and provide support to at-risk students and families. The primary objective is to reduce truancy in the City of Sacramento by providing intervention, counseling, and academic support to students between 14 and 18 years of age. The program is a collaborative effort between the City of Sacramento, Office of Youth Development, the Sacramento Police Department, the County of Sacramento, school districts, and community-based organizations (CBOs). Strategies focus on continuing the successful program with continued operation of three centers for the 2010-2011 school year. The program will counsel truants and their parents to discover and solve problems that lead to truancy. Law enforcement will bring truant students to the Attendance Resource Centers who will then meet with their parents, school district family advocates, county social workers and CBO counselors to determine a specific course of action and make necessary resources available. Program partners will collect data, track outcomes and crime statistics in areas surrounding participating schools. Performance will be measured as follows: conduct quarterly meetings among participating agencies to determine the program's progress, assess the efficiency of methods employed, and make recommendations for improvements and advancements. This program will also track program data, including school attendance records; progress towards goals established in individual case management files, attendance at off-site counseling, training, or treatment; involvement in the criminal justice system; and crime statistics in the areas surround participating high schools.