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For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007
DCJS awards $2 million in grants to combat youth crime, delinquency
23 non-profit organizations in 15 counties receive funding
Non-profit organizations in 15 counties across New York State will share approximately $2 million from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to develop and support innovative, community-based programs that combat youth crime, delinquency and truancy through counseling, education, mentoring and job and social skills development.
Available through a new DCJS initiative known as Project INSPYRE (Innovative Neighborhood-Based Strategies to Promote Youth Redirection and Empowerment), the grants were awarded to 23 non-profit organizations in the following counties: Bronx, Broome, Chemung, Erie, Kings, Monroe, Nassau, New York, Oneida, Onondaga, Queens, Rensselaer, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester.
“Project INSPYRE is designed to empower communities in the fight against youth violence, delinquency and truancy by providing non-profit organizations with resources that allow them to partner with other agencies to develop innovative programs that steer children and teens toward living healthy and productive lives,” said Denise E. O’Donnell, commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services and assistant secretary to the governor for criminal justice.
Non-profit organizations receiving grants will collaborate with other partners in their respective communities – such as other non-profit organizations, law enforcement agencies, local governments and school districts – to develop and offer the programs. The one-year grants range from $50,000 to $100,000; the following organizations received funding:
New York City:
- Urban Youth Alliance International: $99,800 to develop an aggression replacement therapy program targeting juveniles who been charged with violent crimes. This program will complement an existing alternative to detention program.
- South Bronx Overall Economic Development: $91,832 to create Project INSPYRE, which will identify truant students, assess barriers that inhibit school attendance and develop plans designed to re-engage students in school.
- Girls Educational and Mentoring Services: $85,078 to combat commercial sexual exploitation of girls under the age of 18 in the Hunt’s Point neighborhood.
- Police Athletic League: $83,968 for continued funding of Youth Link, a recidivism prevention and alternative to detention program that targets juvenile offenders who are awaiting trial or are on probation.
- Girls Incorporated of New York City: $58,320 to support the “Friendly PEERsuasion” program, which is designed to combat drug and alcohol abuse among middle-school girls through peer leadership.
- Family Justice Inc.: $86,768 to expand the services offered at its Family Bodega in East New York. The Bodega, which provides case management, relapse prevention counseling and 24-hour support for drug-related emergencies to families of individuals who are on parole or probation, will expand its services to target truant youths and their families.
New York County
- Inwood House: $67,944 for its Boys to Men program, which provides young men with a variety of services, including mentoring, individual and group counseling, career and education guidance and computer skills, designed to assist them in avoiding gang involvement, drug abuse and other risky behaviors.
- Community Mediation Service in Jamaica: $96,355 for its Youth Violence and Intervention Prevention program, which provides youths referred from the Queens County District Attorney’s office with comprehensive assessment, skill-based workshops, parent-teen mediation, monitoring and case management.
- Family and Children’s Association in Mineola: $100,000 for the Promise Project, an after-school program that targets sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School. The program will provide academic assistance, cultural enrichment and leadership and social skills development. Participants will be able to continue in the program until they graduate from high school.
- Suffolk County Police Athletic League in Yaphank: $95,850 to provide a comprehensive gang reduction and empowerment program through martial arts, anti-violence and character education.
- VCS Inc. of Rockland County in New City: $91,130 to create Positive Alternative to School Suspension, a program targeting seventh- through ninth-graders at Pomona Middle School and Ramapo Freshmen Center in Spring Valley who have received two- to five-day suspensions. The program will offer academics, conflict resolution education, recreation, group counseling and referrals to community treatment and intervention.
- Westhab Inc. in Mt. Vernon: $98,000 to establish a teen resource center for boys between the ages of 13 and 17 that will offer programs designed to build trust, break down stereotypes between teens and police officers, as well as offer academic assistance, employment assistance, employment readiness skills and access to computers and training.
- Thomas H. Slater Center in White Plains: $85,162 to establish “Step UP! Girls Only!”, a program modeled on a successful juvenile intervention program for young men in White Plains. The program will connect girls between the ages of 14 and 21 with existing youth services through outreach and case management and will train police officers so they can build positive relationships with young women in the community.
- Commission on Economic Opportunity in Troy: $98,500 to develop an alternative education program that targets students suspended from the city of Troy’s public schools and stresses family involvement and extracurricular support.
- Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital: $82,955 to provide individual and family counseling and life skills and character education to youths attending the Broome-Tioga BOCES Columbus Learning Center Alternative High School and their families.
- Glove House: $80,686 to develop a comprehensive truancy intervention and prevention program in conjunction with the Elmira City School District.
Central New York:
- Utica Safe Schools Healthy Students Partnership: $95,000 to identify Donovan Middle School students who are at risk of becoming chronically truant and work to engage them socially and academically through case management and mentoring.
- Utica Neighborhood Housing Service: $50,000 to incorporate the city’s West side into an existing “Weed and Seed” strategy on its East side.
- New Justice Conflict Resolution Services in Syracuse: $85,258 to develop a restorative justice program designed to reduce anti-social and violent behavior by providing risk and needs assessments and job skills to youths who are on probation and have been granted youthful offender status.
Western New York:
- Northwest Buffalo Community Center: $91,130 to provide case management and intensive education and employment skills to youths at risk of delinquency, truancy and violence who live in three area public housing projects and the surrounding neighborhood.
- Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo: $89,750 to replicate its West Side delinquency prevention program at two Boys and Girls Clubs on Buffalo’s East Side. The program provides a variety of services, including literacy education, academics, jobs skills training and career exploration.
- Hillside Children’s Center in Rochester: $100,000 to create the INSPYRE Youth and Families program, through which parent advocates, in partnership with child and family teams, would develop and implement plans to help children and their families find solutions to problems they are having at home, in the community or school that may lead to violence.
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry and a toll-free telephone number (1-800-262-3257) that allows anyone to research the status of an offender.