Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $300,000)
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.
Eastern Connecticut State University's Dual Enrollment Initiative (DEI) for at-risk students reduces delinquency and crime by increasing high school graduation and college enrollment and graduation of youth from distressed inner city Hartford families. High school juniors at risk of dropping out, in spite of academic potential and motivation, are identified by guidance counselors and college admissions counselors and assisted in applying for the DEI program as seniors. Selected students enroll full-time at Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) in the fall, live on Eastern's campus three blocks away, and take one Eastern course with the objective of meeting requirements for admission to Eastern full-time for spring semester. They are supplied with tutoring, advising, mentoring, books, transportation, room and board, on-campus employment, and financial support for four years, as long as they retain status as full-time residential Eastern students. Program success is measured by student academic performance, integration into campus and residence hall communities, retention, and college graduation rates. NCA/NCF