Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $200,000)
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.
This grant will support New York City (NYC) Outward Bound's growing network of Expeditionary Learning public schools which provide at-risk students in NYC's most underserved neighborhoods with a high quality education so that they can lead productive, law-abiding lives. Expeditionary Learning is Outward Bound's nationally-recognized and proven school model that prepares students for success in college, work, and 21st century life. Funding will enable NYC Outward Bound to provide schools the support they need to implement Expeditionary Learning. There is strong evidence that sustained implementation of the model has a powerful impact on student achievement, particularly with those students who need it the most. Expeditionary Learning schools provide students with a demanding academic program that features real world learning, the support of a caring school community, and character-building activities all of which are important contributors to high achievement for at-risk students. Project goals are for participating students to graduate at rates higher than the City average, and be prepared for success in college and ready for active citizenship. Progress towards these goals will be measured through such measures as graduation rates and college acceptance, as well as, the existence of a caring supportive school culture.