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Dumfries Awarded Grant, Youth Program to Continue

DUMFRIES, Va. — The Dumfries Cares program that provides a safe place for children and teenagers to get help with homework and character building will remain in place for 2014.

A new $93,000 grant has been awarded to Dumfries’ Department of Community Services to keep the program afloat.

Here’s more in a press release:

The Town of Dumfries, Director of Community Services, Ms. Cydny A. Neville, has secured federal grant funding through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services-Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG), so the Town can continue providing the Dumfries Cares, program through December 2014!

Dumfries Cares is a mentor based program, providing group mentoring to youth, through it’s after school program; which provides homework help, character building, and fosters a safe environment for youth, during the critical hours of 3pm-6pm.

The program offers a prevention component, delivering the Media Detective program for elementary aged youth, and the All-Stars prevention program for middle school aged youth, in an effort to reach youth during critical years of development, and decrease negative behaviors such as bullying, fighting, smoking, substance abuse, etc.

“Through mentoring, we are going to reduce the number of unsupervised children in the afternoons, reduce the potential and / or actual number of youth participating juvenile crimes and drug abuse, increase the number of parents receiving parenting training and services, and improve at-risk and underserved youth academic performance,” said Neville.

In November, Dumfries Cares will begin a new session of the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP), parenting classes. The classes are free to the public, include participants books.

Currently, the Elementary Emerging Leaders Program, is to capacity. However, interested parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the Brittany Jordan at 703-221-3400 ext. 144, or bjordan@dumfriesva.gov, to be placed on a wait list. Once the new Program Assistant is hired, waitlisted youth will be allowed to participate in the Dumfries Cares program.

Participants do not have to reside in the Town limits to participate, but will need to provide their own transportation.

 

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