Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $502,717)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974, as amended. The purpose of this program is to support state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Program areas may include: planning and administration; state advisory group allocation; compliance monitoring; disproportionate minority contact; juvenile justice issues for Native American Indian tribes; prevention of substance abuse by juveniles; prevention of serious and violent crimes by juveniles; prevention of juvenile gang involvement and illegal youth gang activities; prevention of delinquent acts and identification of youth at risk of delinquency; and improvement of juvenile justice system operations, policies, and procedures including establishing a system of graduated sanctions, treatment programs, and aftercare.
The purpose of Tennessee's Federal Formula Grant Program is to address various aspects of juvenile delinquency in the state. This includes an analysis of juvenile crime to determine where to direct intervention strategies. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) also seeks to direct funding resources to programs and projects that focus on prevention and intervention services for at risk youth as well as those involved in the juvenile justice system. The objectives for achieving the goal of reducing juvenile delinquency, are to fund at least 5 projects to address juvenile delinquency and to reduce delinquency by five percent by 2014. Activities proposed include after school programs, mentoring services, alternatives to detention, tutoring, social skills, and character building. Progress evaluation consists of the following: list from the TCCY Grant Review Committee of applicants funded each year, monthly progress reports from grantees regarding program accomplishments, and program monitoring and on-site visits conducted by staff to assess program compliance with contracted goals and objectives. NCA/NCF