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Bridges to Success: Prevention Programming for Youth During and After School

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $398,208)

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. launched a Department-wide initiative on public safety and victim services in Tribal communities. As part of this effort, Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership conducted a series of meetings across the country addressing violent crime in Tribal communities. As a result, DOJ developed the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, combining DOJ's existing Tribal government-specific competitive solicitations into one, and thus requiring only one application from each Tribe or Tribal consortium. This approach provides federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia the opportunity to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety and victimization issues. This award was selected under Purpose Area #8, Prevent and control delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system (OJJDP-Tribal Youth Program - TYP), CFDA #16.731, authorized under the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010, Division B, Title II, Public Law 111-117, 123 Stat. 3122, 3134.

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska seeks to implement the "Bridges to Success" project, with the goal to provide, enhance, and increate participation in school-based and after school services and programming that address youth risk behaviors which contribute to delinquency. The project objectives are to increase participation in the Sitka Boys & Girls Club's "SMART Moves" Program, and offer "SMART Girls" and "Passport to Manhood" weekly at the Sitka Boys & Girls Club. SMART Moves is a prevention/education program that addresses problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, self-esteem, and premature sexual activity. The program uses a team approach, involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents, and community representatives. The program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to "say no" by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills, analyzing media, and peer influence. SMART Girls is a health, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8 to 17. Passport to Manhood promotes responsibility while reinforcing positive behavior in male Club members ages 11 to 14. Project goals and objectives will be achieved by hiring two Home to School Liaisons who will split their work day between the community's two high schools and the Sitka Boys & Girls Club. The Bridges to Success project is designed to enhance the linkage between the Sitka Boys & Girls Club, students attending the community's two high schools, and the middle and elementary schools. Working in partnership with the Sitka School District, outreach to students (potential Club members) and to their families by addressing truancy and school-based at risk behaviors will be possible. The project will evaluate success based on documenting increased family involvement and youth participation at the club. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 14, 2010