Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)
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 Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five has been classified as at risk by the State Report Card Rating System because of low student achievement. The State of South Carolina mandates (Section 59-59-150 of the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) that each high school identify and implement an appropriate research-based at-risk student intervention model capable of providing students not succeeding in traditional classroom settings with learning opportunities that lead to the timely acquisition of a high school diploma. The project will: increase core academic skills through participation in literacy training; provide one on one tutoring and mentoring and academic enrichment activities; strengthen positive character attributes and social skills resulting in improvised attendance and disciplinary reports, as well as reducing the incidence of peer conflicts; provide a safe and engaging environment for students that will promote personal enrichment and discovery, and develop appreciation for school, learning and the arts; build leadership skills and promote involvement in community service; foster parental involvement and provide family support through other services offered at both the Family Resource Centers including adult literacy, technology training; provide GED preparation, health education and medical services; and provide rewarding opportunities for student, community and corporate and faith-based volunteers to make a difference in the lives of at risk youth. Research-based program models along with proven best practices will be used as intervention and/or preventive measures enabling students to increase academic achievements and become productive and contributing citizens within their communities. NCA/NCF