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Latin American Youth Center-Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers Gang Prevention and Intervention Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)

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 Latin American Youth Center-Maryland Multicultural Youth Center (MMYC) will utilize its grant award to support gang prevention and intervention for at-risk youth in Prince Georges and Montgomery counties. MMYC will implement four programmatic components: 1) gang prevention for in-school youth; 2) gang prevention/diversion during the summer and afterschool; 3) gang prevention/diversion for youth who have dropped out of school; and 4) intensive intervention for gang-involved youth. Each of the four program component includes community outreach, leadership development, life skills, academic enrichment, job readiness skills and case management, behavioral health and screening and referral. The program's objectives are successful outreach/recruitment, increasing resilience factors among participants, reducing gang involvement among participants, retention/tracking and enhancing linkages with law enforcement to reduce gangs. Performance will be measured through pre and post tests, surveys, school performance, and short and longer term behavior and attitudinal changes.


Date Created: September 22, 2009