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.
MY TURN is an outcome-driven dropout prevention and intervention program working with disadvantaged youth in gateway cities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. MY TURN serves economically and socially disadvantaged young adults who are not on track to pursue education beyond high school, have dropped out of school, or are at high risk of dropping out. MY TURN seeks support through OJJDP to provide a comprehensive array of services that is vital for disenfranchised and underserved Fall River youth to transition successfully into post-secondary education and employment. From July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, MY TURN will serve 35 out of school youth ages 16-21. Nearly 100% of all program participants throughout the organization are low-income. Most students have one or more additional barriers to employment and education including court-involvement, pregnancy and/or parenting, documented disability, foster care, homelessness, limited English, and basic skill deficiencies. MY TURN's program is comprehensive and serves youth through a continuum of services that include recruitment, assessment of skills and needs, development and attainment of short-term and long-term goals through an Individual Service Strategy, case management, GED classes, leadership development, job-readiness and college and career preparation activities. NCA/NCF