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.
Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) will prevent youth from becoming involved in the criminal justice system by: (1) expanding and enhancing its College Bound (CB) Program's direct outreach, informational, and free counseling on all aspects of the college selection, admissions and financial aid application processes at two Title I high schools and at the Educational Counseling Center (ECC) for poor and low-income students and parents; and (2) by providing professional development, informational workshops, and other support services to five partner Title I schools to empower them to provide similar services. All services will be provided in the Bronx, the poorest county in New York State and one of the poorest in the U.S. Between 2,205 and 2,265 students and families will be served annually. The goal of MMCC's College Bound Program is to prevent involvement in the criminal justice system by increasing and ensuring access and enrollment in postsecondary education of poor and other underserved students by fostering a strong and early awareness of the importance of a college education, providing students and families with the information and assistance needed to identify appropriate schools and successfully complete the college admissions and financial aid processes. Objectives include increased opportunities for participation, increased high expectations for youth, increased involvement with positive peer group activities, and increased opportunity for community service and relationships with supportive adults in the community. The organization will utilize pre- and post-tests, surveys, documented observation for evaluation.