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  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009
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  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
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ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER ANNOUNCES $37 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SUPPORT YOUTH MENTORING INITIATIVES

    WASHINGTON U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today announced more than $37 million in Recovery Act and Fiscal Year 2009 grants have been awarded to support organizations in developing, implementing and expanding youth mentoring activities.

    "These funds allow us to invest further in the future of today's youth by providing mentoring opportunities to help children reach their full potential," said Attorney General Holder. "These grants will help steer young people away from criminal activities by providing them with healthy life alternatives, positive role models and direct contact with caring adults."

    The Recovery Act, signed into law by President Obama, provides the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) with more than $12 million for local mentoring programs to reduce juvenile delinquency, violence, gang participation, school failure and dropout rates. The Recovery Act Local Mentoring grant recipients are:

    The statutes appropriating funds for Fiscal Year 2009 authorize OJJDP's awards of more than $26 million to programs that target mentoring initiatives for foster care children, gang prevention, and programs designed to give a second chance to juvenile offenders who are transitioning back into their communities. The Fiscal Year 2009 grant recipients are:

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The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.

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