Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $100,000)
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.
Main Line Chinese Culture Center (MLCCC) will build upon an existing model, the Preparing Philadelphia Future Global Leaders (PPFGL) program. This program will leverage best practices from after-school and weekend programming that attracts juvenile youth from a variety of backgrounds but in particular lower-income families of the Greater Philadelphia community. As such, the PPFGL will strive to serve one-hundred at-risk area youth to provide enrichment programming that not only keeps them constructively engaged during non-school hours but also provides an opportunity to learn together in a safe, respectful manner which in turn can begin to turnaround the potential negative perceptions of community engagement. MLCCC feels confident that such a program can be successful because of its existing pilot China-culture programs at inner-city locations like First Philadelphia Charter School, Tacony Academy, and Girard College (a boarding school for low-income youth of single parent homes). The initiative has a critical added benefit to potentially provide an example of positive engagement among Philadelphia's diverse youth to the media and their stakeholders. Progress will be measured against pre-and post-course testing, participant satisfaction surveys and other metrics.