Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $225,000)
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.
Public Health Foundation Enterprises will address the need for gang intervention and prevention in East Hollywood, California, by expanding the Junior Aztecs Program to serve at-risk and probationary youth. Project goals include: reducing delinquency and recidivism, promoting pro-social behavior, strengthening family and parenting practices, promoting school success and employment practices, and giving youth the opportunity to learn skills in a youth-focused and appropriate environment. To achieve these goals, the Junior Aztecs Program will provide life skills classes, job readiness workshops, educational activities, environmental workshops, case management, mentoring, empowerment workshops, and parent/child activities to 40 youth and their families each of the two project years. The intended program outcome is for 80% of participants to reduce affiliation with gang-related activities. For those youth participating in various targeted program strategies, the project will strive to achieve the following sub-outcomes: 75% of participants improving life skills; 50% securing a part-time job; 95% staying in school or graduating; 75% accessing a community resource; 50% staying in touch with case manager; 75% maintaining a relationship with their mentor; 75% improving self-esteem; and 50% of parent and youth participants completing additional community activities. Project staff will measure progress toward these outcomes by tracking data through tests, surveys, activity logs, forms, and the project logic model.