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For Immediate Release:  
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September 9, 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 Arts Horizons

TRENTON - The New Jersey Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Committee has awarded a grant to Arts Horizons to utilize poetry and music to improve learning in the City of Orange through the program, Creative Alternatives for Youth at Risk (CAYR). The award is in the amount of $18,000.

This Summer Expansion Program Grant provides 25 elementary and middle school students a safe place to engage in positive activities. Most of the students in the CAYR program are considered at-risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system. The CAYR teachers and artists design the activities based on the students’ needs and talents. Role-playing, self-expression and cooperation through poetry music, and improvisation are used to teach communication skills, tolerance and build self-esteem.

"The creative minds of the young people of Orange have been enriched and expanded through exposure to a variety of the arts. The commitment and dedication of the teaching artists, combined with the untapped talents of the children, has proven to create a glorious camaraderie. Children, year after year, return to the program excited about what they are going to learn and experience. As an educator it pleases me greatly when a young adult returns for a visit and immediately asks about Arts Horizons. This program has had a positive impact on so many children of Orange. I am truly proud to be a part of it," said Sharon Fink, Supervising Teacher, Arts Horizons.

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 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 arm 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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