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Youth Crime Watch Prevention and Intervention with Youth Across America

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Miami Dade
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $491,892)

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 goals of the Youth Crime Watch of America (YCWA) program are to: promote student leadership; produce cost-effective crime prevention programming; increase students' self-esteem, motivation, and school spirit; cultivate youth-law enforcement relationships; promote effective crime reporting practices among students; teach organization, responsibility, and accountability; and, foster good citizenship. YCWA will provide expanded outreach to more young people with the help of regional Expansion Centers and through new information technologies, including their website, CD-ROM materials, and the continuation of a youth development initiative that builds skills that engage individual youth in reducing crime, violence, and drugs while dramatically transforming their lives and the lives of others.

Specific project activities are: supporting expansion centers to assist organizations in: implementing the program model; providing technical assistance and training for vibrant new and existing sites; communicating youth-led prevention stories and messages; and, developing young leaders. The program will report performance measures that include: the provision of technical assistance to at least 210 of approximately 421 current sites that are active and meet standards established by YCWA; the establishment of 75 new Youth Crime Watch sites; presentation of 3 workshops at national conferences on crime prevention, school safety, and other relevant subject areas; and, implementation of two pilot webinars to provide relevant information that has been identified by the communities.


Date Created: September 29, 2008