Across the country, community professionals and concerned citizens seek to create environments that foster the healthy development of youth:
The Community Prevention Grants Program draws from the best available research regarding juvenile crime and delinquency and translates that research into effective policy and practice. Through training and technical assistance, the program supports communities in conducting rigorous local assessments of the underlying conditions that put children and youth at risk for delinquency and other problem behaviors. communities are empowered to build comprehensive prevention strategiestailored to thier local needs and resourcesthat reduce their community's risk factors, while also enhancing the protective factors that provide youth with buffers from the negative consequences of exposure to risk.
Representing a new way of doing business, communities report that implementing this research-based, risk- and protection-focused model is not always easy. Nevertheless, early indications of success show that the hard work is paying off. Over the past 5 years, more than 600 communities across the Nation have conducted communities assessments, developed comprehensive delinquency prevention plans, and received prevention grants. While some communities are just beginning the grant process, others have completed the implementation of their 3-year delinquency prevention plans and are reporting encouraging result in terms of enhanced coordination of youth resources, family strengthening, school performance, and youth behavior. Supported by community-wide commitment and measurable outcomes, many projects have been sustained following their grant periods thorough a variety of State and local funding sources. As such, our initial seed money is creating momentum for the focused, coordinated, and long-term efforts necessary to address juvenile crime and delinquency in a meaningful way.
It is my pleasure to present to you this fifth annual Report to Congress on Title V. The activities and accomplishments of the program, presented in the following pages, hold great promise for moving us toward our shared vision of a Nation in which all of our youth realize their full potential as healthy, law-abiding, and productive citizens.