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Community of Opportunity

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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 Young Women's Christian Association, Inc.,will use the grant funds for building a Community of Opportunity specifically targeted to the at-risk youth in Madison, Wisconsin. The Community of Opportunity will connect with the youth and their families through employment, education, healthcare and childcare in an effort to divert them from incarceration. Their three-pronged approach to racial disparity in incarceration is prevention programming, racial and restorative justice, employment and training.


Date Created: September 21, 2009