Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $850,000)
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 University of Mobile's RamKids Project is a direct service prevention program with the ultimate purpose of producing confident, talented, value-oriented, baccalaureate-level educated individuals who will take positions of influence in Prichard, Alabama.
The project is a faith-based, mentor-oriented intervention program designed for selected at-risk youth in the city of Prichard, grades 8 through college level. The goal of the program is to break the at-risk cycle by guiding program participants into and through college to their first post-graduate employment positions in the Mobile region and to their first home ownership in the city of Prichard.
The scope of the project to be funded by this grant will focus upon the intervention period with youth in grades 8 through 12 through the next three years of program operation. The intervention is conducted by trained mentors in the after school session and summer programs on the university campus. The mentors will be composed of University of Mobile students and community volunteers. Some of the outcome objectives include: 75% of participants increase grade point average during the intervention period and 75% of participants show improvement in family functioning and social competence during the intervention period. NCA/NCF