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 Bellows Free Academy in Union High School District #48 is a multi-faceted program that will address social, academic, and health concerns of youth in Union High School District #48 of Franklin County, Vermont. The purpose of this program is to strengthen, further develop, and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs, and improve the juvenile justice system. The program is intended to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide counseling and rehabilitative services tailored to meet the needs of juveniles. The goals of the program are to: break down barriers between differing social, economic, ethnic, and intellectual groups; reduce truancy; reduce drop-out rates; and reduce substance abuse. Program objectives will be to: provide tools and opportunities to improve interactive behavior; provide facilities and programs for healthy alternatives; discipline students within the system rather than suspending them out of the system; provide facilities and programs of education in a formal atmosphere but outside of the "regular" school building; provide counseling and support for juveniles who are identified as at risk; and provide counseling and support for juveniles who are substance abusers. Data will be collected to measure the number of youth served, time spent in each program and the amount of training provided.