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Exodus to Excellence After School Program

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

Signature Academy Inc. (SAI) will receive funding from the FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Awards Program. Signature Academy Inc. (SAI) is a non-profit outreach organization designed to promote academic, career, and personal/social development for youth. SAI provides innovative and comprehensive programs that focus on social skills development, college and career exploration, character building, and leadership development. SAI seeks to provide educational opportunities for students regardless of race, gender, ethnic background, or economic circumstances. The SAI 'Exodus to Excellence after School Program' enhances the educational performance of economically disadvantaged adolescents living in the poor underserved communities. Program delivery teams consist of collaborative partnerships with Office of Juvenile Justice, Barreto Union League Boys and Girls Club, Harold Washington College Bridge Hospitality Program, local high schools, community organizations, and local law enforcement agencies to address juvenile delinquency in the greater Chicago-land area.


Date Created: September 20, 2009