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.
United Way of Allegheny County (UWAC) will continue to implement projects directed by the Youth Futures Commission Strategic Plan. The target population is at-risk youth residing in distressed communities in Allegheny County. The project will provide four programs: Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) Curriculum - a Blueprints Model program being adapted for after-school programs; Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) Program - addresses significant behavioral problems; Career and Education Mentoring - research-based mentoring programs delivered in schools; and Summer Youth Violence Prevention Program - serves highest risk young men and includes year-round supports. UWAC has contracted with qualified and experienced providers to implement these programs. Some short-term outcomes include: (1) increase awareness of appropriate problem solving behaviors, (2) increase awareness of future jobs/careers, and (3) understand the importance of completing high school with skills. Intermediate outcomes include improved problem-solving and conflict resolution skills and increased academic effort (e.g., decreased behavior problems, including violence and delinquency; increased homework completion, grades, etc.). The independent evaluators will continue to assess outcomes to provide lessons learned and inform best practices. NCA/NCF