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At-Risk Youth Construction Training Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $210,000)

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.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh will apply fiscal year 2009 Congressionally Selected Awards funding towards its At-Risk Youth Construction Training Project. The project aims to steer juveniles away from a life of delinquency through structured lessons involving construction training and GED classes. Through the grant period, it is anticipated approximately 12 youth identified as high school drop outs will be recruited for participation in the program. Eligible participants will complete a four step screening processing that includes a general information session, an application, an adult basic education test, and interview before selection is made. Once enrolled, training will be contextually focused, enabling participants to work towards the goal of building three units of low income housing, learning a trade, and receiving an education.


Date Created: September 9, 2009