Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $187,000)
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.
Through the Southern West Virginia Community Coalition Expansion & SADD Outreach Campaign, Community Connections will work within West Virginia's Third Congressional District and seek to partner existing community coalitions with existing and newly-formed SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Chapters. The aggressive campaign will provide long-lasting, far-reaching programs to over 20,000 youth within nine focus counties: Fayette, Greenbrier, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, and Wyoming. Each county in West Virginia's Third Congressional District will receive assistance relating to CADCA-based initiatives (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America). The goal of the project is to provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, and other destructive decisions. To accomplish this, the project will focus on developing no less than five new SADD Chapters in each of the nine focus counties; creating a sustainable relationship between community coalitions and youth-based programs throughout the nine high-need focus counties; utilizing CADCA-based initiatives in each of the seventeen counties in West Virginia's Third Congressional District; delaying the onset and reduce 30-day use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs among program youth; and providing programming and outreach to no less than 20,000 youth among the nine focus counties. Community Connections will employ current systems in place (including PRIDE and YRBS surveys), self-implemented evaluations (through utilization of a modified Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey via the SNAP online evaluation system), and independent evaluations (WVU). Evaluation measures will be reported for each of the five objectives in addition to the performance data required by OJJDP. NCA/NCF