Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,483,412)
DYS has been working to reduce RED since 2007 and since then, has dedicated the majority of its Title II funding to address disparities in the juvenile justice system. As a result, many thousands of African American youth have received services and programming aimed at preventing involvement in the juvenile justice system. DYS will continue to allocate Title II funding to address RED and in 2020, Positive Youth Development was included as a priority to ensure that at-risk youth, of all races, may receive services. Administrative funds will be allocated to support the JJ Specialist and a Grants Management Representative, and funding will be allocated for the SAG.
Funding to address RED will be awarded to local providers in communities with large numbers of African American youths and with the greatest needs. The goal is to reduce contact with the juvenile justice system by providing prevention and early intervention services to African American youth. Funding allocated for Positive Youth Development (PYD) will be used to fund programs that serve youth of all races. The target population will be disadvantaged and at-risk youths living in impoverished communities where drug abuse and crime is high, and where there is limited access to financial or other resources.
Funding will be awarded continuation programs for both RED and PYD and will benefit at-risk youth of all races. These programs were selected by Ohio’s SAG in 2020 and this will be their second year of funding, which begins on October 1, 2021. Applicants were directed to OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide to ensure effective programming, and will continue to provide services such as mentoring, skill building, job readiness, counseling, and family therapy.
Deliverables for funding will be services and programming for youth delivered statewide to at-risk youth, of all races, between the agencies of 10 and 17. Products will include quarterly and annual performance reports with performance/progress tracked using OJJDP’s predefined performance measure outcomes and outputs for each specific program area.
Performance reports will be reviewed quarterly to ensure each program is on task and making adequate progress towards reaching the intended outcomes. Additionally, juvenile court data will be used to determine whether programs have had an impact on reducing juvenile crime and delinquency, and/or reducing the number of minority youth who have contact with the juvenile justice system.