CHARLESTON, W.Va –Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today that his office has awarded $132,950 in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Grant Program funds. These funds are awarded to public and private non-profit agencies throughout the State for the purpose of preventing juvenile delinquency, rehabilitating juvenile offenders, and improving the juvenile justice system in West Virginia.
The Division of Justice and Community Services administers this program from funds provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Formula Grant Program.
Funds were awarded to the following:
East End Family Resource Center
These funds will be utlized to provide After School Program Academic and Art Enrichment, Music Mentors, KEYS 4 Healthy Kids, physical activities, "All Stars and "Too Good For Drugs" drug abuse prevention and awareness programs, and a mentoring program.
Carolyn Wesley, (304) 344-1656, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. (KISRA)
These funds will be utilized by the Harambee Learning Center to provide a safe and drug-free haven that focuses on increasing protective factors and reducing risk factors, thereby encouraging resiliency in children who attend school in Kanawha County.
Angela Dobson, (304) 768-8924, email@example.com
Mingo County Commission
These funds will be utilized to provide a program for at-risk youth which includes prevention programming, physical fitness and nutrition education, and community service projects.
Lara Fox, (304) 664-3986, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monongalia County Commission
These funds will be utilized to implement VOICES, a delinquency intervention program for girls that decreases the level of juvenile/status offender crime by teenage girls by utilizing gender specific intervention programming to high risk/delinquent teen females.
Danny H. Trejo, (304) 284-7321, email@example.com
Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club
These funds will be utilized to undertake system improvements that will reduce Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) and model programs that will enable minority teens to become successful.
Dennis Poluga, (304) 292-7510, firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Services System, Inc.
These funds will be utilized to implement Aggression Replacement Training (ART) for youth ages 12-21 identified as at-risk with the goal of preventing them from entering the Juvenile Justice System.
Jill Eddy, (304) 233-9627, email@example.com
West Virginia Child Advocacy Network
These funds will be utilized to ensure that West Virginia children in need have access to trauma-focused treatment interventions that have proven to be effective, making certain West Virginia mental health service providers are aware of and have access to training and consultation for integrating trauma-focused evidence based therapy in to their practice with children, thereby aiding in delinquency prevention.
Trudy Laurenson, (304) 414-4455, firstname.lastname@example.org
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
These funds will be utilized for a full-time Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator's salary, benefits, training, and travel as well as fund a portion of a statistical analyst's salary.
Angela D. Saunders, (304) 558-0145, Angela.Saunders@courtswv.gov
Division of Justice and Community Services Contact:
Miranda K. Nabers
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Division of Justice and Community Services
1204 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
(304) 558-8814, extension 53331
Jacqueline Proctor or Miranda Nabers
304-558-2000 or 304-558-8814