OJJDP Invites Comments on Proposed Plan for Fiscal Year 2010
On December 1, 2009, OJJDP published for public comment a notice of its Proposed Plan for fiscal year (FY) 2010 in the Federal Register. The plan outlines the discretionary program activities that OJJDP proposes to carry out during FY 2010. Comments may be submitted online (keyword search: "OJJDP Proposed Plan"). Additional instructions for submitting comments are included in the notice. Comments on the Proposed Plan will be accepted until January 15, 2010.
Major League Baseball Ad Pitches Mentoring Programs
As part of its effort to support mentoring nationwide, OJJDP has launched a "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" ad campaign to encourage adults to become mentors by learning about the benefits and availability of mentoring opportunities. The OJJDP ad—expected to reach 3.5 million people—has appeared in the game programs for the 2009 American League Championship Series, the National League Championship Series, and the World Series; the ad also will be placed in the program for the 2010 All-Star game.
OJJDP has long supported mentoring programs because mentoring relationships have been shown to improve youth’s self-esteem, behavior, and academic performance. In addition, mentoring is an effective way to prevent at-risk youth from becoming involved in delinquency and help already-delinquent youth change their lives for the better.
OJJDP Awards Nearly $600 Million in Fiscal Year 2009In FY 2009, OJJDP provided more than $453 million in grant awards to help at-risk youth, protect children, and improve juvenile justice systems nationwide. Awarded through formula, block, and discretionary funding, these grants support state and community efforts to prevent crime and enhance public safety by focusing on the well-being of our nation's young people. An additional $146 million was awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly referred to as the Recovery Act. A complete list of OJJDP’s FY 2009 awardees is available on the OJJDP Web site.