U.S. Attorney Trent Shores today announced that Volunteers for Youth in Roger’s County is being awarded $598,792 in Department of Justice funding to support mentoring services for youth in rural areas hit hard by the opioid epidemic. The awards were made by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Office for Victims of Crime, part of the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs.
“Protecting the next generation is key to ensuring the prosperity of our nation and its citizens. This is the goal of Volunteers for Youth. They are committed to helping vulnerable at-risk youth impacted by opioid addiction in our community,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “I applaud their efforts to reach out to children in schools, and I am proud to announce they will be receiving $598,792 to aid in their mission. This grant will help fund impactful mentoring strategies that will set Roger’s County youth up for success.”
“Volunteers for Youth is looking forward to working with all of our schools and local law enforcement agencies in Claremore and Rogers County to make a positive impact on the youth in these communities,” said Art Turpel, Executive Director for Volunteers for Youth. “Our primary focus for this funding will be countering the negative impacts of misused opioids and prescription drugs.”
Today’s award in Rogers County is part of more than $261 million going to organizations and agencies across the country. Grants from OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will allow national, state and local organizations to provide mentoring to youth who are at risk of juvenile delinquency, victimization and juvenile justice system involvement. Mentoring programs supported by OJJDP help youth make connections with leaders and respected members of their communities, including law enforcement officers. Police and sheriffs’ departments have formed close and lasting bonds with young citizens, leading to greater trust and respect between law enforcement professionals and community members.
“Young people in America face an array of challenges, from social and academic pressures to dangerous predators and lethal drugs. They are better equipped to meet those challenges with a model of care and compassion to guide them along,” said Sullivan. “These awards will support outstanding youth-serving organizations like the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs and their local affiliates across the country as they help youth discover their talents, find their purpose and realize their full potential. We are incredibly grateful to our mentorship programs, both nationally and locally. Badges in Blue and Badges for Baseball are great examples of successful community partnerships through law enforcement and mentoring.”
In addition, more than 100 sites are receiving grants from OJJDP and OVC to help find missing children, investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases, serve abused and neglected children, and assist minor victims of human trafficking.
For a complete list of individual grant programs, amounts to be awarded and the jurisdictions that will receive funding, visit here and here.
Additional information about Fiscal Year 2020 grant awards made by the Office of Justice Programs can be found online at the OJP Awards Data webpage.
More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.
The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.