JCPC seeks new funding sources for services

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council must seek new funding sources to keep some of its services afloat next fiscal year.

The state cut funding for the organization’s Community Connections Program, administered through Youth Villages located in Durham, and the endeavor will get about $80,000 less to support its case-management services.

Cindy Porterfield, area consultant for the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, said the money was redistributed to meet other state departments’ public safety needs.

“Our program’s still in need,” she said. “It’s just that the money was re-routed, but Vance County has taken the initiative to keep these services available.”

She said the services are important here because they provide at-risk youths and their families with all forms of financial and emotional support services at one time. Currently, the program serves five.

At the council’s last meeting May 15, members discussed pursuing alternative sources of state funding for the project, including multi-county agreement grants in which Vance, Warren and Granville would have to provided equal shares to match any state allocations.

Donna Stearns, Aycock Recreation Center’s youth services supervisor and finance manager, said the council submitted a proposal estimated at $14,000 per county, which would be matched by the state to help fill the $80,000 gap.

On top of the request to make up lost funding, JCPC’s is still seeking its regular allocation of $83,000 from Vance County for the upcoming fiscal year.

The council decided to allocate $5,000 to seek evidence-based programs that tackle youth repeat offenders and gang violence with mentoring and community service.

Funds will come from Teen Court, the Youth Services department and JCPC’s state allocations.

Stearns said more information about funding for programs will go out to JCPC members after the Vance County commissioners’ meeting Monday night.

 

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