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Gang Prevention Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), 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 recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, 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 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The Community YMCA located in Middleton, NJ, was awarded a FY 2010 congressionally mandated award in the amount of $500,000 for a gang prevention program. Grant funds will be used to support the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The program provides a highly structured 6-month step-down approach to address substance abuse and high-risk behaviors in youth. It is dedicated to treating drug/alcohol affected youth and their families throughout Monmouth County. IOP is designed with a specific focus on eliminating adolescent substance abuse, while adding support for developmental issues of at-risk youth, as well as fostering better mental health among those who participate. The program facilitates individual growth and strengthens families, thereby reducing the propensity for substance abuse and other compulsive behaviors.


Date Created: September 6, 2010