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Gov. Perry Awards $225,280 To Drug and Violence Prevention Programs

Grants Awarded from the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Fund

Tuesday, November 29, 2005  •  Press Release

AUSTIN –Gov. Rick Perry today announced the award of $225,280 in grants to four drug and violence prevention programs. These grants are awarded under the federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Fund and are distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).

The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act promotes programs dedicated to preventing and reducing violence in schools and communities as well as developing a drug-free environment for youth. These programs foster healthy and safe learning environments which support academic achievement, including alternative education programs and intervention services for children with behavior or substance abuse problems. The programs also support services for children who are victims of family violence or child abuse.

“Giving our students the opportunity to learn and grow in a protected environment is essential to the development and productivity of Texas youth,” Perry said. “These grants help promote safe communities and schools through aiding youth on the path of self-destruction, find their way back on the road to becoming good citizens.”

Each year, CJD awards more than $130 million in grants to help Texans at the forefront of the fight against crime. CJD funds a variety of programs for juvenile justice, crime prevention and victim services grants – all aimed at making Texas a safer place.

The awards include:

  • $35,000 to the Central Texas Youth Services Bureau, Inc. to reduce the abuse, victimization, and exploitation of vulnerable children and youth in Bell, Coryell, and McLennan counties by providing safe environments and services for at-risk youth and providing direct intervention and prevention services to local area youth.
  • $68,833 to the Deep East Texas Council of Governments to provide a regional youth prevention and community watch program in Houston, Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby and Nacogdoches counties. The program includes providing local businesses with information on preventing methamphetamine materials from being purchased illegally, educating youth on the link between delinquency and economic success, and providing school presentations on character building and gang prevention.
  • $111,447 to the Karnes County Juvenile Board to provide tutorial services, remediation, counseling services, ROPES programs, family communication workshops, and case management services to at-risk youth on probation in Karnes and Wilson counties.
  • $10,000 to the Women’s Advocacy Project, Inc. to provide dating violence prevention programs and tool kits to Texas schools in support of Teen Dating Violence Prevention Week.
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