Colorado State Archives
Executive Orders from the Administration of Governor Bill Owens 1999-2005
Friday, June 30, 2000
Amy Jewett Sampson
OWENS AWARDS $601,680 IN YOUTH CRIME PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION GRANTS TO EL PASO COUNTY
Governor awards close to $3 million statewide in YCPI grants
DENVER – Governor Bill Owens has awarded $7.9 million statewide in Youth Crime Prevention and Intervention (YCPI) grants to reduce incidents of youth crime and violence. El Paso County organizations and programs received $601,680.
"These monies will go toward helping to address violence and criminal activity among youth in Colorado," said Gov. Owens. "The organizations that are receiving funding will serve thousands of young people and their families through prevention and intervention programs."
The following El Paso County organizations and programs are YCPI recipients for fiscal year 2000-2001:
CASA of Colorado Springs, Inc.: CASA’s Expedited Permanency Program
– Awarded $20,000.
Program Description: Serves youth ages 0-18 who are involved in dependency and neglect cases in the 4th Judicial District of the Colorado Juvenile Court. The services include expedited permanency of home placement with support through the system.
Childcare Connections: Alliance for Kids Childcare Response –
Program Description: Serves children ages 0-8 and their parents through development of a seamless collaborative childcare system. This program encourages increased parenting skills and early identification of problematic behaviors.
Colorado Springs Teen Court, Inc.: Teen Court – Awarded $20,000
Program Description: Serves first time misdemeanor offenders ages 11-18 who must appear in Teen Court before a teen jury and represented by a teen attorney. The offender is sentenced and must participate in a minimum of three Teen Court jury panels. Upon compliance of sentences, charges are deferred. Parents are required to participate.
Community Mentor Center – Awarded $11,000.
Program Description: Provides mentors for youth in the Pikes Peak region and eliminates the duplication of recruiting, training, and qualifying mentors. The effort is to provide the youth with caring adults and give them an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships.
El Paso County Project Redirect – Awarded $23,000.
Program Description: Serves youth ages 8-18 with chronic or severe parent-child conflict, delinquency charges, or other law-related problems. The program uses a team management approach with the support of community mentors.
The Family Center: Project Pride – Awarded $23,000.
Program Description: The goal of the program is to identify and engage high-risk youth in group discussions on pertinent topics, to establish goals for each participant in order to deter gang involvement, to improve academic performance, and to develop a positive connection and/or attachment to their community. The program serves four different schools in School District 11.
Imagination in Education Enrichments – Awarded $25,000.
Program Description: Serves at-risk elementary school children in El Paso county with a safe, educational, fun, and challenging after school program at their school. Enrichment classes last one month and include foreign languages, science, art, as well as recreational and life-skills.
Pike’s Peak Family Connections, Inc.: Family Empowerment Team –
Program Description: Provides services for children birth to 22. The services include home visitation, parenting, education, emergency services, health care, job skills, and childcare.
Tutmose Academy: Tutmose Experience – Awarded $35,000.
Program Description: A female-specific program, serving girls of color ages 10-17. The experience utilizes a culturally competent approach to life-skills training and mentoring which embraces diversity.
Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region, Inc.: Youth to Work – Awarded
Program Description: Geared primarily for at-risk youth ages 14-20. Services include job readiness, recruitment, placement, and follow-up as well as counseling and mentoring.
Ways Out Academy, Inc.: El Mentor – Awarded $35,000
Program Description: Targets Hispanic youth who have been suspended from school. It is designed to have a mentoring and a family preservation component in order to engage the entire family in the improvement of the youth’s performance.
The Youth Crime Prevention and Intervention Grant program provides funding for community-based programs that target youth and their families for prevention and intervention services in an effort to reduce incidents of youth crime and violence.
In 1994, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation that created the YCPI program. The grants will be distributed August 1.
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