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 Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) administers Virginia's Title V Community Prevention Grants award. DCJS will utilize its FY 2011 award to support evidence based bullying prevention programs in schools throughout the State of Virginia. DCJS issued a solicitation to award local units of government delinquency prevention grants to implement one of the following three evidence-based bullying prevention programs: Steps to Respect, Olweus and Second Step. Localities will be selected on a competitive basis. The initial year of funding will begin October 1, 2011 and will be supported through the use of the FY 2010 Title V award. The FY 2011 award will be used to support the continuation of the programs that are awarded. Localities will implement the bullying prevention programs with fidelity according to the program guidelines. The initiative will provide staff training to recognize and respond to bullying behavior as well as conduct activities to reduce bullying behavior. Localities will be required to report on the Performance Measures Program Area 27 (School Programs) to document program progress. Staff will conduct ongoing monitoring to ensure program goals and objectives are being met in a timely fashion. (NCA/NCF)