Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $223,587)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.
The City of Dover will reduce the potential of at-risk youth becoming involved in gang activity and using drugs or alcohol. Through the New Hampshire Drug and Anti-Gang Initiative, they will help the youth aged 13 to 17 become less vulnerable to indoctrination to any type of gang or 'wannabee' groups by providing meaningful and supportive activities. The City of Dover will hire a full time Director at the Dover Teen Center to recruit, coordinate, and supervise additional staff from the University of New Hampshire Social Work program. Their goal is to create meaningful and engaging programs for the kids to participate in. The Teen Center's mission is to provide a safe and comfortable space for Dover youth as well as directed activities designed to promote individual self-esteem, personal responsibility and mutual respect.