Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $155,000)
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 Grand Prairie Arts Initiative will provide students in Stuttgart, Arkansas with the opportunity to attend summer and after school programs that focus on improving their cognitive skills and overall attitude about learning through instruction in art and music. The program is designed to serve approximately 1,150 elementary and junior high age students in kindergarten through eighth grade over the course of the three-year project period. The Grand Prairie Arts Initiative will provide structured curriculum designed to strengthen the classroom skills and tools that the student is learning, and demonstrate how to transfer these improved tools to other areas of their personal and professional growth. Partnerships with the school district and communication with parents and teachers will be combined in an ongoing effort to monitor students' progress. Measurement of student outcomes will be assessed using the After-School Initiative's Toolkit for Evaluating Positive Youth Development which was developed by Colorado's Trust After School Initiative.