OJJDP News @ a Glance Volume: 3 Issue: 3 Dated: May/June 2004 Pages: 1-6
This newsletter reviews May and June’s highlighted the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) news.
Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is the oldest and largest mentoring organization in the United States, serving more than 275,000 youth in 5,000 communities. National research has shown that the positive relationships between mentors and youth have direct, measurable, and lasting impact. Youth who have been mentored are less likely to use drugs, drink alcohol, skip school, or engage in acts of violence. Since 1998, OJJDP has allocated more than $23 million in funding to BBBS. OJJDP’s $6 million funding for the fiscal year 2004 is helping BBBS operate and expand services at regional training centers, award subgrants to affiliates for school and faith-based mentoring, pilot a new service delivery model, and develop a management information system for local affiliates. OJJDP congratulates BBBS as it celebrates 100 years of helping children. OJJDP funded several centennial activities, including a campaign to reunite former big brothers and big sisters with their little brothers and little sisters, a book highlighting 100 stories from the first 100 years, and a fundraising initiative to recruit and cultivate corporate sponsors and private donors. The centennial celebration featured a 2-day event in New York City on June 15 and 16, 2004. Other articles featured in this newsletter include: Web site redesign, new publications, Missing Children’s Day, funding updates, innovation awards, Law Day, and coordinating council.
Date Published: May 1, 2004