Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)
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 purpose of this project is to expand the organizational capacity of BRIDGES USA to increase the number of youth in the Memphis metropolitan area served through the Bridge Builders® program (from 5,000 to 15,000 annually in 5 years) by redeveloping the current curriculum (for grades 11-12 only) to serve grades 7-12; developing a new web-based participant tracking system; and developing a marketing/outreach strategy to build the expanded participant base. The overall goals will be achieved by engaging a team of curriculum development consultants to systemically develop year-round program activities and training program staff on the new curriculum. The program will measure progress towards goals by tracking/documenting outputs in compliance with the required systems improvement output performance measures. Building organizational capacity through these system improvements will allow the program to meet a significant need within Memphis for expanded youth services, especially among those in high-poverty zip codes.