Juvenile justice grants doled out to youth programs

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More than $1.5 million in federal money is being distributed to 24 Maryland youth programs aiming to reduce juvenile recidivism and promote accountability among young people, announced the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

The list of programs that will receive money is chock-full of uplifting acronyms and warm and fuzzy names that vaguely describe the programs’ missions.

The “Go Girls!” empowerment program overseen by the Robert A. Pascal Youth and Family Services in Anne Arundel County, for example, will receive nearly $59,000 to help middle school age girls establish an acceptable body image and develop peer relationships, according to the program website.

One program on the list however, takes a call it like you see it approach. The frankly named “Children In Need of Supervision Program,” run by the City of District Heights received $150,000, the largest portion of the grant distributed to a single organization.

The CINS program targets children ages eight to 18 who are acting out or exhibit pre-delinquent activity such as frequently running away or underage drinking. The program provides families with counseling, referrals and crises intervention when needed, according to information on the District Heights website.

Other organizations in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties that will receive federal Juvenile Accountability Block Grants are the Mount Rainier Streetcorps run by the Mount Rainier Police Department; the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County; and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families.

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