Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $150,000)
The OJJDP FY 10 Earmarks Program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Conference Report to accompany the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-117), H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 111-366 at 702-714.
Youth and Tennis, Inc. will implement intensive athletic and informational activities to improve low academic school district scores and decrease the use of drugs in the 200 youth enrolled in the program. Pre-program and post-program evaluations will be used to track the students. The athletic activity of tennis attracts the youth to the program who are then provided with the necessary mentoring to meet program goals. Youth and Tennis, Inc. will provide a goal oriented structural activity that challenges the youth to be better, stronger, smarter and bolder. The step-by-step learning process designed to produce the best athletic results will require months and years to obtain. This underlying philosophy is that success in the classroom is built upon effort, application and perseverance, the same as athletics. The anticipated end result is that 90% of youth participants will be deterred from unfocused street activities and juvenile delinquency.