Colorado's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council will be accepting applications for 4 truancy pilot programs. The purpose of these pilots is to learn and document the following- the causal factors of truancy; the effective prevention approaches that keep youth in school and on track academically and socially, and increase school and student engagement; and the systems changes needed to successfully address truancy.
Pilot sites will be eligible for up to 2 years of funding; up to six months to develop their collaborative strategic plan during year one with the remaining 18 months dedicated to implementation and evaluation.
Two of the pilots will be with federal Formula Grant funds and will target students who meet the definition of being "habitually truant" under 22-33-107 C.R.S. but for whom court proceedings have not been initiated. The other two pilots will be with federal Juvenile Accountability Block Grant funds and will target students who meet the definition of being "habitually truant" and for whom court proceedings have been initiated. A student who has four unexcused absences in any one month or ten unexcused absences during any school year is considered to be habitually truant. Pilot sites may further define the target population within their community by focusing on a group of habitually truant students such as minority youth, geographic location (rural, urban, particular schools within a school district), grade level, etc.
For the first year of the pilot, applicants are eligible for up to $50,000. Of that $20,000 can be utilized for planning during the first six months of year 1 (February 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015) followed by 6 months of implementation with the remaining $30,000. The successful year 1 applicants will be able to apply for year 2 funding contingent upon the availability of funds and grantee's performance. During year 2, continuation applicants are eligible for up to $45,000 in funding; the Year 2 project period will be February 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016.
This opportunity is available to community cross disciplinary collaboratives although an individual agency or organization will have to serve as the applicant agency (see solicitations for more detail on who can serve as the applicant agency).
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