OJJDP Awards More Than $147 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Mentoring Programs and ICAC
OJJDP has awarded grants totaling more than $147 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These grants are included in the more than $2.76 billion of Recovery Act funding administered by the Office of Justice Programs. OJJDP Recovery Act funding includes
- $97.5 million for local and national mentoring initiatives.
- $50 million for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program.
Recovery Act Funding for Mentoring Initiatives
OJJDP has long supported mentoring programs as an effective way to prevent at-risk youth from becoming involved in delinquency and to help delinquent youth change their lives for the better. OJJDP has awarded a total of $97.5 million in Recovery Act funding to the following programs:
- Local Youth Mentoring Initiative$12.4 million.
This initiative supports organizations that develop, implement, or expand local mentoring activities. The program's goal is to promote measurable, positive outcomes for at-risk youth and reduce juvenile delinquency, violence, gang participation, school failure, and drop-out rates.
National Youth Mentoring Programs$85.1 million.
These programs fund activities that assist in developing and enhancing programs to provide mentoring services to populations that are underserved because of such factors as location, a shortage of mentors, and physical or mental challenges of the targeted population.
OJJDP has given priority to organizations that have mentoring programs ready to implement, work in disadvantaged communities, and can monitor and collect performance measure data from all affiliates and associated programs and use the data to achieve successful outcomes.
Recovery Act Funding for the ICAC Program
The ICAC program, a national network of 59 (61 in 2010) coordinated task forces, helps State and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases. Following is a breakdown of OJJDP grants awarded under the Recovery Act to support the ICAC program:
- ICAC task force program grants$41.5 million. These grants will maintain and expand State and regional ICAC task forces to address technology-facilitated child exploitation and provide funding to States and localities for salaries and employment costs of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, forensic analysts, and other related professionals.
- ICAC training and technical assistance grants$5.1 million. These grants will fund training and technical assistance in the areas of investigations, forensics, prosecution, community outreach, officer wellness, judicial education, and capacity-building related to Internet crimes against children and technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation.
- ICAC research grants$2 million. These grants support innovative and independent research and data collection to advance understanding of the scope and prevalence of technology and Internet-facilitated crimes against children and improve the investigation of such crimes.
An additional $900,000 is being set aside for the National ICAC Data System, which will provide a secure, dynamic infrastructure to facilitate online law enforcement investigations and enhance OJJDP’s capacity to collect and aggregate data on child exploitation. Also, $500,000 was awarded by the National Institute of Justice to evaluate the ICAC community education program.
More information on Recovery Act funding is available on the Office of Justice Programs Web page
, which includes a complete listing of awardees.