FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    OJJDP

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2002                                                            202-307-0703                                                                         

 

                                                            

 

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES OVER $14 MILLION

TO MENTOR AT-RISK  YOUTH

 

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department  is awarding more than $14 million in grants to fund juvenile mentoring programs across the nation. Through the Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP), administered by the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), more than 5,000 at-risk youth in 38 states and the District of Columbia will receive one-to-one mentoring aimed at keeping them in school and away from drugs and crime.  The three-year grants range from $156,000 to $220,000 each.

 

“Experts tell us that the single greatest factor in helping a child avoid delinquent behavior is a strong, caring relationship with an adult,” said Deborah J. Daniels, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs.   “Over the past nine years, those caring relationships have been provided at over 200 JUMP-funded sites in 47 states, and we’re pleased to add these 66 new programs to that total.”

 

OJJDP selected the new sites through a competitive review process from a pool of 863 applicants.  The mentoring sites will focus on three major goals: improved academic performance, reduced school dropout rates and prevention of delinquent behavior.  All sites are required to coordinate their activities with local educational agencies.  Among the youth participating in the projects will be children of incarcerated parents, minority youth, Native Americans, children in foster care, youth in special education and homeless youth. Sites will recruit a wide range of mentors, including military personnel, college students, faith-based representatives, business professionals, tribal leaders and law enforcement personnel.


 

“The biggest challenge is to provide a mentor for each young person who needs one,” said J. Robert Flores, Administrator of OJJDP. The JUMP program has allowed us to reach thousands of at-risk kids, but there are potentially millions more who could still benefit from having a mentor.”

 

 The grantees represent a balanced distribution throughout the country, with about a quarter of the grants going to each of the four geographical regions.  Over 54 percent of the sites are in urban areas, almost 38 percent are rural and close to 8 percent are suburban.  Twelve percent of the grants are being awarded to faith-based organizations.

 

Award amounts and contact information for the JUMP grantees is attached.  For more information on the Office of Justice Programs, see the OJP Web site at  www.ojp.usdoj.gov.  Media should contact Mary Louise Embrey at 202-307-0703.

             

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OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE

 AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION

JUVENILE MENTORING PROGRAM (JUMP)

GRANT AWARDEES - FY 2002

 

 

State

 

City

 

Grantee

 

Amount

 

Contact

 

Phone Number

Alabama

Holt

The University of Alabama

$220,000*

Mr. Douglas B.  Backman

205-348-5152

 

Arizona

 

Superior

 

Luz Social Services

 

$220,000

 

Mr. Ricardo M. Jasso

 

520-882-6216

 

California

 

Fremont

 

Bay Area Industry Education Council

 

$219,966

 

Mr. Robert Goetsch

 

510-795-6488

 

California

 

Butte County

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butte County

 

$220,000

 

Ms. Joana Brooks

 

 

530-343-8407

 

California

 

Redding

 

Redding School District

 

$219,238

 

Dr. Judith Menoher

 

530-225-0011 ext.107

 

California

 

Anaheim

 

Young Men’s Christian Association of Anaheim

 

$219,941

 

Mr. Paul Andersen

 

714-635-9622

 

California

 

Los Angeles

 

Assistance League of Southern California Volunteer Center of Los Angeles

 

$219,886

 

Mr. Jim Leahy

 

818-908-5068

 

Colorado

 

Pueblo

 

Pueblo School District #60

 

$218,504

 

Ms. Terri Martinez-McGraw

 

719-549-7892

 

Colorado

 

Arvada

 

A Step Up, Inc.

 

$219,526

 

Ms. Linda S. Puckett

 

303-403-0463 ext.11

 

Connecticut

 

New Britain

 

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big sisters, Inc.

 

$219,909

 

Mr. Robert H. Morgan

 

860-525-5437 ext.23

 

Connecticut

 

Putnam

 

Putnam Public Schools

 

$173,223

 

Ms. Brenda Verdone

 

860-963-6905

 

Delaware

 

Wilmington

 

Latin American Community Center

 

$220,000

 

Ms. Maria Matos

 

302-655-7338

 

Delaware

 

Wilmington

 

Volunteers for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

 

$219,994

 

Ms. Darniece Hampton

 

302-658-3379

 

District of Columbia

 

Washington, DC

 

Perry School Community services Center, Inc.

 

$220,000

 

Mr. Paul McElligott

 

202-312-7150

 

Florida

 

Miami

 

Community Crusade Against Drugs

 

$219,783

 

Mr. Tyrone Backers

 

305-237-1634

 

Florida

 

Gainesville

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Gainesville

 

$218,266

 

Ms. Tricia Bachus

 

352-375-2525 ext.15

 

Georgia

 

Rome-Floyd

 

Rome-Floyd Communities in School

 

$177,362

 

 Ms. Nancy Griffin

    

 

706-802-5740

 

Hawaii

 

Wailuku

 

Hui Malama Learning

 

$215,734

 

Mr. Sam Millington

 

808-244-5911 ext.28

 

Idaho

 

Homedale

 

Homedale Joint School District #370

 

$220,000

 

Ms. Sharon Frost

 

208-337-5782

 

Illinois

 

Decatur

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters MMCDP, Inc.

 

$180,750

 

Ms. Jeanne Stablheber

 

 

217-428-4240

 

Illinois

 

Henry County

 

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Henry County

 

$219,684

 

Mr. Alex Kolker

 

309-853-1146

 

Illinois

 

Chicago

 

Chicago Public Schools Office of Specialized Services

 

$219,375

 

Dr. Charlene Vega

 

773-553-1880

 

Indiana

 

Fort Wayne

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Indiana, Inc.

 

$219,366

 

Ms. Josette Rider

 

 

260-456-1600

 

Iowa

 

Clinton

 

Clinton Community School District

 

$219,927

 

Ms. Karen Conzett

 

 

563-243-9600

 

Kansas

 

Lawrence

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County

 

$211,253

 

Ms. Jane Pennington

 

785-843-7359

 

Kentucky

 

Louisville

 

YMCA of Greater Louisville

 

$219,000

 

Mr. Steve Rickner

  

 

502-635-5233

 

Louisiana

 

Bogalusa

 

Dr. Theodore P. Robinson Educational Foundation

 

$219,999

 

Dr. B. Quillen Humbles

 

225-774-6761

 

Louisiana

 

New Orleans

 

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of S.E. LA

 

$217,894

 

Ms. D. Medina-Whitfield

 

504-895-3361

 

Maine

 

Old Town

 

River Coalition, Inc.

 

$220,000

 

Dr. Diane C. Vatne

 

207-827-8744

 

Maryland

 

Baltimore

 

Alliance, Inc.

 

$220,000

 

Mr. Bryan Stoll

 

410-574-7700

 

Massachusetts

 

Fitchburg

 

LUK Crisis Center, Inc.

 

$220,000

 

Thomas A. Hall

 

978-345-0685 Ext. 17

 

Massachusetts

 

Holyoke

 

Girls Incorporated of Holyoke

 

$219,604

 

Ms. Virginia Dillon     

 

413-532-6247

 

Michigan

 

Grand Rapids

 

Wedgwood Christian Youth & Family Services

 

$220,000

 

Ms. Heidi Mellema     

 

616-559-5881

 

Michigan

 

Detroit

 

Tender Loving Care Mercy Ministries

 

$216,930

 

Mr. Dennis Talbert

 

313-538-1180

 

Minnesota

 

Saint Paul

 

Lauj Youth Society of Minnesota, Inc.

 

$200,000

 

Ms. Sonya M. Lor

 

651-644-2446

 

Mississippi

 

Starkville

 

Starkville School District

 

$201,924

 

Dr. Joan Butler

 

662-615-0033

 

Nebraska

 

Omaha

 

Release Ministries, Inc.

 

$164,921

 

Mr. Bill Ellett

 

402-455-0808

 

Nebraska

 

Lincoln

 

Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

$207,998

 

Ms. Julie Cervantes-

Salomons

 

402-464-2227

 

New Jersey

 

Eatontown

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County, Inc.

 

$219,954

 

Ms. Debi Heptig

 

 

732-544-2224

 

New Jersey

 

Passaic

 

Passaic Public Schools

 

$220,000*

 

Ms. Maryallyn Plaugic-Fisher

 

210-955-2157

 

 

New Mexico

 

Chama

 

North Central Community Based Services

 

$220,000

 

Ms. Patricia Serna

 

 

505-756-2327

 

New York

 

Levittown

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island

 

$215,988

 

Mr. Michael Auerbach

 

516-731-7880 ext.104

 

New York

 

Schenectady

 

Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady

 

$212,312

 

Reverend Thomas Ciancetta

 

518-374-4714

 

New York

 

Bronx

 

Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club

 

$218,500*

 

Mr. Jeff Aulenbach

 

718-379-2830

 

North Dakota

 

Fargo

 

The Village Family Service Center

 

$216,194

 

Ms. Susan Smith

 

701-451-4950

 

Ohio

 

Warren

 

Alliance Community Outreach Program

 

$197,948

 

 Ms. Sherri Woods

        

 

330-841-2321 ext.241

 

Ohio

 

Cleveland

 

Hispanic UMADAOP

 

$220,000

 

Mr. David Paisley

 

216-228-3260

 

Oklahoma

 

Hugo

 

Hugo Housing & Community Services Corp.

 

$220,000

 

Mr. Stanley Self

 

 

580-326-3348

 

Oregon

 

Redmond

 

J Bar J Youth Services

 

$219,999

 

Ms. Stephanie Alvstad

 

541-389-1409

 

Pennsylvania

 

Lewistown

 

Juniata Valley YMCA Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

$218,323*

 

Ms. Gertrude Hartzler

 

717-248-4034

 

Pennsylvania

 

Philadelphia

 

Big Brother Big Sister Association of Philadelphia

 

$210,000

 

Mr. Thomas E. Weber

 

215-557-8600

 

Rhode Island

 

Central Falls

 

City of Central Falls

 

$213,655

 

Mr. Angelo Garcia

 

401-727-7488

 

South Carolina

 

Lancaster County

 

Communities In Schools

 

$219,993

 

Mr. Max Melton Jr.

 

803-285-2311

 

Texas

 

Houston

 

Fifth Ward Enrichment Program Inc.

 

$193,535

 

Mr. Ernest McMillan

 

713-229-8353

 

Texas

 

Fort Worth

 

Fort Worth Independent School District

 

$219,997

 

Dr. Catherine G. Dikes

 

817-871-2432

 

Texas

 

Abilene

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Abilene, Inc.

 

$213,330

 

Mr. Janet Ardoyno

 

915-677-7839

 

Texas

 

Galveston

 

Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Inc.

 

$155,824

 

Ms. Suellen Jones

 

 

409-763-4638

 

Vermont

 

St. Johnsbury

 

Northeast Kingdom Youth Services, d/b/a St. Johnsbury Youth Service Bureau

 

$220,000

 

Mr. Marion Stuart Classen

 

802-748-8732

 

Vermont

 

Burlington

 

Burlington School District

 

$219,989

 

Ms. Betsy Liley

 

802-865-5383

 

Virginia

 

Rockbridge

 

Rockbridge Area Community Services

 

$203,568

 

Dr. Kelly Shifflett

 

 

540-464-8560

 

Virginia

 

Blacksburg

 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

 

$220,000

 

Ms. Alisa Boothe

 

540-231-9388

 

Washington

 

Seattle

 

Pioneer Human Services

 

$196,253

 

Ms. Beth Standen

 

206-527-1405

 

Washington

 

Walla Walla

 

Walla Walla County Department of Human Services

 

$205,000*

 

Ms. Sharon Saffer

 

 

509-527-3278

 

Washington

 

Vancouver

 

Vancouver Housing Authority

 

$219,957*

 

Ms. Connie Sherrard

 

360-992-0207

 

Wisconsin

 

Fort Atkinson

 

Opportunities, Inc. of Jefferson County

 

$220,000

 

Ms. Gina Groskopf

 

920-563-2437

 

Wisconsin

 

Milwaukee

 

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee

 

$219,894

 

Ms. Kathy Munson

 

 

414-274-0820

 

Total: $14,050,170

 

* Award amounts are subject to final budget review