Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2001, $208,605)
PROJECT SUMMARY FOR 2001-JG-FX-0007
This school based, year round project will link and support adult mentors recruited by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the East Bay with highly at-risk Lockwood Elementary School students, ages 7-12. Lockwood Elementary School is a year-round school. These children live in a part of Oakland, California that the local police call "killing fields". Drug dealing and violence persist despite efforts of the local police, schools and community. Despite unrelenting effort to build a community infrastructure that substantially reduces the risk factors associated with violence, the Lockwood/Coliseum Gardens area of East Oakland continues to be riddled by violence and despair. This effort will provide one-on-one, school-based mentoring for these students, all of whom are at risk of educational failure, dropping out of school and involvement in a delinquent activities.