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September 13, 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 $20,000 to the Pennsville School District

TRENTON - The New Jersey Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Committee has awarded a grant to the Pennsville school district to provide young people, with classroom and workplace experience in the food service industry. The award is in the amount of $20,000.

This Summer Expansion Program Grant allows the students of Penns Grove, Pennsville, Salem City, and Woodstown to participate in activities that will prepare them for careers in the food service industry. The program entitled, “Exploring Careers in the Food System”, provides a summer work program for students ages 14 to 17 and trains them in various areas of the food service industry, such as service, manufacturing, and retailing. Students also participate in job shadowing and field trips to gain knowledge of the various careers in the food service industry. The program is offered by the Mid-Atlantic States Food Systems Education in Pennsville in partnership with the Pathways Project, Inc.

“Exploring Careers in the Food System program has opened the eyes of a number of young people to the exciting careers available in the food service industry, where one out of five jobs in the United States is. The funding provided by the JJDP Committee helps to provide services to young people who are in need of resources and looking for ways to demonstrate their abilities. We have seen the self-esteem of youngsters rise at the end of the summer part of the program. A number of the young people who have participated in the exploring careers in the food system have gone on to post-secondary education. We are proud of our relationship with the JJC and JJDP Committee and appreciate their support both financially and personally. We hope to continue our program in Salem County and look forward to working with the JJC and the JJDP Committee to expand this program throughout New Jersey,” said Glen Donelson, Project Director, Exploring Careers in the Food System.

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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