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For Immediate Release:  
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September 2, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Juvenile Justice Commission
- Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director

 

Sharon Lauchaire
609-292-2288

 

Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee Awards $18,000 to Family Guidance Center of Warren County

TRENTON - The New Jersey Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Committee has awarded a grant to the Family Guidance Center of Warren County to address the needs of young people who find it difficult to get a job due to their age. The award is in the amount of $18,000.

This Summer Program Grant is created to provide students ages 14 and 15 with jobs that they normally could not hold, because of their age. The program, entitled “Bumper 2 Bumper Automotive Care,” serves young people from Warren County who are interested in the car detailing business. During the 11-week program, the students participate in team meetings to review the business’ progress and strategies, as well as participate in mental health and substance abuse counseling. Participants of this program also learn vocational, interviewing, and resume building skills, that will assist them in their future job endeavors.

“We are very pleased and fortunate to continue our relationship with the JJDP Committee. The continued funding for our summer employment program will give the kids of the Warren Hills school district the opportunity to again participate in our summer employment program. This support provides the kids the opportunity to have a summer job and a safe place to be during the summer, with trips and activities also included. Kids in our area are left with few outlets for recreation activities during the summer; this is now available for them, along with the chance for a summer job,” Howard Grossman, Executive Director, Family Guidance Center of Warren County.

“This is really fantastic! We are truly grateful to the JJC for their support and advocacy on behalf of all of the children we serve,” said Phillip Rusche, Project Director, Bumper 2 Bumper Automotive Care Program.

The Juvenile Justice Commission(JJC), as the designated planning authority for the allocation of federal grant funds, works with the JJDP Committee to identify appropriate youth-serving programs, award funds and monitor their success. The JJDP Committee is responsible for the distribution of more than $3 million in federal grant awards annually to local and state agencies. The JJDP Committee reviews proposals for programs that aim to reduce delinquency and/or seek to create local delinquency prevention strategies. Programs that receive funding work with individuals, families and communities to reduce the risk factors associated with delinquency. Programs that demonstrate success are eligible for continued funding for a maximum of three consecutive years.

The JJC is committed to helping local communities address the specific needs of their young people. It is important to allow these young people a chance to engage in positive programs that keep them on the right track during the summer months,” said Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director, JJC. We know that the earlier we reach out to children, the better chance we have of ensuring that they lead productive lives.

Created in 1995 to bring together services for delinquent young people, the JJC is the single state agency responsible for providing juvenile correctional rehabilitation and parole services. The JJC also funds local prevention programs that divert young people from involvement in the juvenile justice system.

The project is monitored by staff from the Program Development and Prevention Services section of the JJC’s Office of Local Programs and Services.


For more information on the JJC, please visit www.njjjc.com.

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