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.
WNY AmeriCorps's ServiceCorps department seeks to help at-risk youth become contributing members of society and prevent them from involvement with the juvenile justice system. ServiceCorps recruits 16 and 17 year old high school drop-outs and engages them in service while providing them with support to ensure they remain free of activities that may lead to juvenile incarceration. To address Buffalo's need for at-risk youth development, ServiceCorps provides second chance opportunities that engage youth in one to three years of service and development activities on a full-time basis in order to affect this positive change. ServiceCorps currently operates a highly effective youth development model that incorporates service, education, life skills, and support. ServiceCorps is requesting assistance from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to fully implement their "Support for Success" initiative. In this design, ServiceCorps will become fully equipped to support members through their unique emotional and psychological challenges. This program will provide counseling to at least 100 at-risk youth per year, which is more than the program can currently provide. With Support for Success, ServiceCorps will be able to improve their member support structure to create transformational change in Buffalo's youth and ensure that they have the skills and confidence to stay free and clear of criminal culture for both their present and future years. NCA/NCF