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Increase Awareness and Participation Among Law Enforcement in Afterschool

Council for a Strong America

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Advancing Afterschool
  • Grant Amount $500,000
  • Grant Period March 1, 2002–February 29, 2004
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Studies show that high quality afterschool programs reduce crime and delinquency and provide important educational and developmental benefits. Intensive research and program evaluations have found that afterschool programs serving at-risk youth significantly improve academic achievement, attitudes about school and educational futures. A recent analysis comparing California’s "Three Strikes" law with an established afterschool program concluded that, per dollar spent, the afterschool initiative was five times more cost-effective at preventing serious crimes.Multiyear funding will support activities that include research and policy analysis on the benefits of afterschool programs for disadvantaged youth; strategic recruitment, education and mobilization of law enforcement leaders and crime survivor members; media and public awareness campaigns at the national and state levels; and education of federal and state policymakers and opinion leaders.Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national, bi-partisan child advocacy organization made up of more than 1,500 police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and victims of violence. The mission of the organization is to help the public and policymakers understand the need to boost public investment in programs that help children develop into healthy, productive adults, while reducing crime and violence.