Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $89,435)
The Sephardic Community Center (SCC), in providing social services, places great emphasis on youth- or teens-at-risk. Targeting the 12-17 year olds who come from a) underprivileged backgrounds, and from b) a community of immigrants that have not yet fully adjusted to the mainstream; the SCC plans to establish an after-school program focusing on potential social misbehavior that often manifests itself as juvenile delinquency, viz., school truancy, underage drinking, drug or substance abuse, and a proclivity to cause simple, sometimes criminal, mischief. The program ' 'Teens ' Giving Purpose' seeks to assist those who lack 'purpose.'
The program, targeting several core youth who would greatly benefit from participating in structured community-minded projects, will offer a year-long curriculum which marries social, educational, and recreational activities. The short term goal: to get the youth off the streets and into a friendly and receptive environment. The long term goal: to properly mainstream these youth to diminish the gap between the community's 'haves' and 'have-nots.' NCA/NCF