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.
Pulaski County Government will implement the YIELD Program to provide quality youth programming designed to enhance the lives of the participants, keep them safe during the after-school hours, and prepare them for life after high school. The hours after school are the time when most juvenile crimes occur and when most juveniles are victims of crime. Studies have shown that after-school programs and enrichment activities have a positive effect on keeping youth out of trouble while promoting school achievement. The YIELD Program seeks to increase the accessibility of after-school programming and enrichment activities for all youth in Pulaski County, while preparing the youth of today to be the leaders of tomorrow. The YIELD program is for youth between the ages of 6 and 17 and will serve 689 youth with its various programs. Activities within the YIELD Program include the Our Club After-School Program, ACT Preparation, Youthonomics, Public Service Internship, Week of the Arts Program, the Our Club Music Program, and the Youth Leadership Institute. The program's success will be measured based on the number of youth who participate in the programs and the impact of each program, whether it is increased academic understanding or a positive change in attitudes.