Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $249,995)
Through the Byrne Congressionally Mandated Awards program, the Office of Justice Programs helps communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and supports training and technical assistance programs and other efforts that strategically target local needs. This program is authorized to organizations identified in the Conference Report to accompany the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010.
The Latino Youth Crime Prevention Project will address the problem of the increased violence among Latino youth within the educational and community setting, reaching the target audience of low-income Hispanic and Spanish-speaking youth living in the urban core of Northeast Kansas City. The three primary goals of the project are maintaining a safe and healthy community for youth and residents; minimizing violence and bullying within Northeast Kansas City; and involving and empowering youth to become leaders in their community. These goals will be achieved with the provision of the following activities: the Latino Advocacy Taskforce to provide services to youth in the community who are impacted by violence; youth programming with the Lions Quest curriculum, a School-Based Prevention curriculum (EBI) that teaches essential life skills that support character development, social and emotional learning, civic values, substance and violence prevention, and service-learning; bilingual case management and therapeutic services for at-risk youth in schools; parent education sessions and workshops; and educating youth in local community issues and providing avenues for meaningful civic involvement. NCA/NCF