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NIA - Nurturing Independence and Aspirations Program, Serving Girls Transitioning from Foster Care

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $100,000)

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 Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Cleveland plans to use their FY 2010 Congressional Selected award to support the Nurturing Independence and Aspirations (NIA) program. The program provides encouragement and support for educational achievement, preventing homelessness, developing positive life skills and job readiness competencies in young women ages 14 to 24 that are transitioning out of foster care, preparation necessary to prevent or combat criminal behavior in vulnerable young women. Each participant engages in enrichment and education services that include: Educational Support and Career Development, Life Skills, Nurturing Parenting, and Independent Living Skills.


Date Created: August 29, 2010