Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $245,000)
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.
Youth & Family Connection's (YFC) Truancy Response and Intervention Program (TRIP) is a multi-tiered intervention and support program designed to help youth work through issues affecting their school attendance and to support graduating from high school and becoming more successful. Through established partnerships with the 19th Judicial District Truancy Court and 10 school districts in Weld County, YFC will provide intervention services, support and alternatives for 300 middle and high school students, ages 10-17 with excessive unexcused absences (truancy) or on the verge of dropping out of school. This project will allow YFC to establish a second office site to be located in south Weld County, improve accessibility to youth/parents, and strengthen partnerships with school districts and local based service providers. The overall purpose of this project is to provide best-practice truancy intervention and support services that will reduce truancy, increase high school graduation and improve participant grade point averages (GPA). This will be accomplished by improving access and coordination of truancy intervention and support services throughout South Weld County. Youth & Family Connections is committed to the continued assessment of the TRIP programs and its outcomes. In order to accomplish this, YFC has contracted with an external evaluator which will help collect and interpret the following data: Number of youth assessed, number of service referrals, number of youth completing TRIP, graduation rates, GPAs of the semester enrolled & one semester following program completion, and school attendance rates for the semester enrolled & one semester following program completion.