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.
The Sistas and Brothas United (SBU) Youth Leadership and Academic Support Program provides: 1) positive alternatives to gang and drug cultures for youth living in the Northwest Bronx by engaging them in civic leadership activities, and 2) an effective academic support program for high school students from various high school campuses in the Northwest Bronx. This leadership program develops the capacity of teenagers to research and identify issues of poor high school performance and ineffective community development. After issue identification, the program develops an outreach plan and begins building a base of youth leaders and adults who are also impacted by the issue. A strategy to implement policy campaigns to solve these issues for all teenagers and community residents in the Northwest Bronx community is also developed. This process helps to develop a strong peer-to-peer accountability structure, provide mentors, take ownership for education and life to be productive individuals in society. The academic support program provides high quality peer tutoring, mentoring, Regents Exam preparation, and support for college enrollment to 100 teenagers each year.