Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,000,000)
The OJJDP Delinquency Prevention Program focuses on helping youth avoid involvement in delinquency through reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors in their schools, communities, and families. Category 1 supports States to provide subgrants to units of local government to increase the availability and types of community-based prevention programs to address the needs of youth who are at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.
The Ohio Department of Youth Services proposes to support various youth-serving agencies through units of government in impoverished rural Appalachian communities. The target population will be school-age children living at least 20 percent below the poverty level. The programs goal is to reduce delinquency through evidence-based delinquency prevention and positive youth development programming. The applicant will use strategies designed to address risk factors at the individual, family, school, and community levels in 25 rural areas defined as 11 Appalachian counties with consistent poverty rates of more than 20 percent, and an additional 14 Appalachian counties with poverty rates of more than 15 percent. CA/NCF