Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $50,000)
The Title V Community Prevention Grants Program intends to reduce risks and enhance protective factors to prevent at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice systems and to intervene with first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system.
The New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety will provide continuation funding to two communities under the Juvenile Delinquency program area. In 2010, the Middlesex County Department of Human Services Office of Children Services (MCDHS-OCS) and Salem County were awarded the Title V Community Prevention Grants through an open competitive process. MCDHS-OCS is addressing the following risk factors: early onset of alcohol and drug use; negative attitudes toward school; and family management using the Social Decision Making/Problem Solving (SDM/PS) Curriculum. The program will serve 200 3rd to 5th graders from Perth Amboy and New Brunswick. The Salem County project will expand the FAST (Families and Schools Together) Program to the Woodstown and Pittsgrove Township school districts. The risk factors to be addressed are family management problems, family conflict, and school failure. NCA/NCF