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The New Focus for Youth Intervention Program

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $400,000)

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.

The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation will use the Fiscal Year 2009 Congressionally Selected Award to address the problems associated with and leading to juvenile delinquency through an after school program for at-risk youth in Hinds County, Mississippi. The program will provide educational, social, cultural, recreational, and health services to 80 juveniles between the ages of 10 to 17, five days per week, while school is in session. This award will allow the recipient to significantly reduce the number of students who enter the juvenile justice system and to further decrease the recidivism rates by targeting at-risk youth during the early stages; reduce the number of drop-outs by offering tutoring and curriculum-based classes after school that is aligned with Jackson Public School grade level requirements; provide preventive health and health education to youth; and offer community service and volunteer opportunities to the youth. Grant funds will be used for personnel costs to hire instructors and educators, supplies for advertisements and literature, and other costs necessary for the implementation of the project.


Date Created: September 20, 2009