Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $350,000)
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.
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) will spearhead a program, "Ka Wili Pu," (the blend) which will expand service delivery of the State's existing dropout prevention programs focusing on at-risk youth through MEO's Youth Services Program. This program expansion will enable MEO to offer a comprehensive package of services such as tutoring, mentoring, service learning, and life and career skills. This program will expand on current drop-out prevention services to improve success in high school, which will lead to greater success in the community by diverting at-risk youth from a path to the criminal justice system. Two of the local high schools, Maui High School and Baldwin High School, will partner with MEO to ensure that youth most at-risk of becoming juvenile offenders are provided assistance beyond the regular classroom. While current programs identify youth in danger of failing to graduate on time at the junior year level, more and more youth are dropping out earlier. This program will focus primarily on at-risk high school youth, with additional support for freshmen and sophomores. The success of this program will be measured by calculating graduation rates, grade promotion rates, the number of course failures, the number of behavior problems and disciplinary referrals, and school attendance.