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Increase Awareness Among State Legislatures, Law Enforcement, and Business

Council for a Strong America

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Advancing Afterschool
  • Grant Amount $400,000
  • Grant Period March 1, 2004–February 28, 2006
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

High-quality afterschool programs have been shown to have a significant impact on reducing crime and delinquency and providing important educational and developmental benefits. Unfortunately, more than 10 million children and teenagers are not involved in constructive activities and lack adult supervision after school.Multiyear funding will support Fight Crime: Invest in Kids in building public and policymaker support for afterschool programming. Activities will include producing and disseminating an updated version of Fight Crime’s national afterschool report and research summaries; expanding and strengthening Fight Crime’s law enforcement and crime survivor membership; promoting media and public awareness; educating policymakers and opinion leaders on the benefits of afterschool programs; and launching an initiative to enlist new nontraditional voices.Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, created in 1996, is a national, bipartisan child advocacy organization made up of more than 1,500 police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and victims of violence. Its mission is to help the public and policymakers understand the need for high-quality programs for children and youth.