Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $300,000)
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 purpose of the Old Bethel United Methodist Church's Community Outreach Program will be to provide preventive, educational, rehabilitative, and counseling services to the Charleston, Berkley and Dorchester counties at-risk youths, offenders and their families in a secured setting. The project provides a support system for youth under eighteen years to train them before engaging in emotion-based decisions and negative patterns of living that result in negative life outcomes, senseless acts, and habitual but preventable mistakes. Also, the project will provide training that will help the at-risk youth account for their actions and provide rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families. Finally, the program provides teaching, training, and educational assistance to participants during the school term, summers months and at other non-scheduled times as needed. Approximately 150 youth will directly benefit from the program each year. An evaluation plan will be used to determine whether or not the program has accomplished its objectives with the following: pre- and post tests, report cards, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, log and attendance sheets, surveys, program referrals and feedback from program participants, staff, parents, schools, the community and probation/parole officers. NCA/NCF