Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $250,000)
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.
The Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center's (The Center) After School Program for youth aims to address the need of children and youth to have a safe environment to learn and play in the after school hours. The Center serves the Crotona section of the Bronx, a neighborhood located in the 16th Congressional District of New York City. It has a poverty rate of 40.2%, the highest in the United States. Its Community Board is comprised of 34.5% of children under the age of 18, and half of the households with children are run by a single parent.
The Center's After School Program will ensure that 80 youth have a safe environment after school and activities that develop skills in martial arts, computer technology, dance, photography, sports, art and literacy. The importance of after school activities for children and teens in preventing high risk behavior has been established through a number of studies, including one published by OJJDP. Progress will be measured by the number of participants attending the program, completing assignments and achieving benchmarks. NCA/NCF