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 Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) is the designated State agency that administers the Title V Community Prevention Grants award for the State of Massachusetts. EOPSS will utilize the FY 2011 award to fund a single grant in Berkshire County. Berkshire County is the only community in the Commonwealth that has demonstrated compliance with the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended. The purpose of the Title V project is to attract and fund an applicant who provides research based, model program guides or best practice modules that focus on reducing risks factors and enhancing protective factors to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system. EOPSS will assist the community in selecting the appropriate program area for their project. Progress towards goals and objectives will be measured through review of quarterly reports, site visits, correspondence with award recipients and targeted technical assistance to those who encounter difficulties with carrying out program goals. (NCA/NCF)