Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $100,000)
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.
Eitz Chaim and its subcontract partner Together We Are (TWA) will run a mentoring program for at risk youth in the Boro Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The target population will be at risk youth, between the ages of 8 to 17, from Yiddish speaking low income families living in overcrowded housing conditions. The program definition of at risk includes both youth exhibiting at risk behavior or youth with warning signs of at risk behavior. TWA will recruit at least 75 youth. Eight mentors working 20 hours per week will provide weekly contact with the youth. The mentors will meet with youth during non school hours. The mentors help with homework, discuss any problems or issues encountered in daily life, and use tested techniques for helping students with improving self-esteem, confidence, and coping mechanisms. At the end of the school year, at least 50% of student mentees will show improvement in one or more of the following outcome areas: an improved self image, self confidence, sense of achievement, grades, and/or problem solving and coping skills. A pre- and post- questionnaire will be filled out by each student. Other performance indicators include student grades.