Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $160,000)
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 Police Activities League Matt Garcia Youth Center opened in November 2008 and participation quickly grew to more than 500 registered members. There is not enough staff to run a well-rounded program, nor enough funds to cover facility operating costs, nor a program designed to teach members the skills needed to successfully enter adulthood and the workforce. The Matt Garcia Youth Center has not had the resources needed to build it into a place that reduces the rate of juvenile delinquency and youth victimization in the community; funds provided to the Police Activities League Matt Garcia Youth Center will begin to address these issues. The goals of the Center are: (1) Youth Center Program Expansion by hiring additional part-time staff to deliver additional academic, sports, enrichment, and music / video studio programming and to manage the front desk and data collection activities; (2) development of a Youth Leadership Program that promotes successful entry into the workforce and adulthood utilizing skills learned through completion of the SAMSHA certified Botvin LifeSkills Transitions curriculum; and (3) to insure that the Matt Garcia Youth Center Facility Operations costs are met so that we may continue to provide a safe and comfortable environment in which to operate the program.