Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $200,000)
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.
Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. will provide gang prevention/intervention services in all of San Juan County, New Mexico. The target population for these services will be high-risk, hard-to-serve, or in-crisis youth and young people in San Juan County who have been identified as gang-involved or at-risk of gang involvement. The primary goal of the Intervention Program will be to reduce violent crime and gang involvement among youth in the County by providing individual, one-on-one wraparound/advocacy services, and group services based upon the Phoenix Curriculum. Features of YAP's unique services model include strength-based wraparound assessment and planning processes, the use of local advocates, and a flexible ancillary fund that facilitates individualized programming for each youth and family. Following a strengths-based assessment, an Individualized Service Plan will be developed for each youth and family. This service plan will identify the activities that will reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors. Youth and families will participate in the design of their program. YAP will continue to track all demographic and program specific outcome measurements through data obtained at intake on an Outcomes Measurement Survey--Entry Form and at discharge on an Outcomes Measurement Survey--Discharge Form. The primary purpose of the Entry Survey is to collect data relevant to the young person's situation at entry including demographics, referral information, living situation, educational status, employment status, and involvement with the legal system. At discharge, the youth and family complete the discharge survey. The agency then has a basis for comparison regarding the effectiveness of the program.