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.
The Brick PAL After-School and Summer Camp Programs aim to provide families within Brick Township and surrounding communities affordable after school and summer camp programs for their children. Our focus is on youth that are elementary school aged (grades K-8). Brick Township has a high number of single-parent families, and childcare is one of the most pressing needs for single parent families. Having children unsupervised during the after-school and summer months often leads to youth becoming involved in activities such as being delinquent from school, experimenting with alcohol and drugs, and the lure of gang involvement to fill a void. The after-school program will occupy the traditional high crime times by offering youth an array of educational, social and physical activities. Our summer camp program runs daily, and provides youth with recreational programming and the opportunity to take trips to points of interest within New Jersey. By providing these programs, youth are under qualified adult supervision while parents are not home. The camp program offers youth the opportunity to participate in trips, social awareness, and physical activities. Through this funding opportunity we plan to expand the program to accommodate more children, as well as provide financial assistance to parents (particularly single head of household parents) to allow their children to attend our programs. NCA/NCF