Many groups rely on grant that will end |

Many groups rely on grant that will end

The following programs have received most, if not all, of their funding from a four-year grant distributed by the California Office of Child Abuse Prevention, or OCAP. Each year, the grant has provided the South Lake Tahoe community with $805,000 to be used in programs designed specifically for juvenile crime prevention. The grant money and programs are overseen by Tahoe Family Connections and the Community Oversight Council which has sought public input for solutions to area youth-related problems.

n Boys and Girls Club

OCAP funding: About 60 percent

Mission: To provide a safe environment which will promote the health, educational, social, vocational and character development of the youth in the community. To provide youth, ages 6 to 18, with positive alternatives to offset community conditions such as low-income, single- parent home situations and latchkey situations through educational activities, community service and recreational activities.

n Family Resource Center

OCAP funding: About 80 percent

Mission: Provide support to families during times of pregnancy, infancy and early childhood through a variety of measures including meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, safety and medical care, providing parental education, facilitating access to community resources and coordinating job training programs.

n Family Solutions

OCAP funding: 100 percent

Mission: Working with juvenile offenders to prevent future criminal activities through the expertise and skills of the following agencies working as a team: El Dorado County Juvenile Crime Probation Department, Mental Health Department, Social Services Department and the Sierra Recovery Center.

n Mother and Sons

OCAP funding: 100 percent

Mission: A prevention program to provide counseling, recreational opportunities, community service and tutoring for boys, ages 10 to 14, who live with their mothers in a single-parent home. Focus on education and a therapeutic environment for personal and social development for at-risk families to nurture personal responsibility, good citizenship and leadership in the community.

n Families and Schools Together

OCAP funding: 100 percent

Mission: An innovative and collaborative prevention program in which whole families gather and participate in specific, fun, research-based activities that are aimed at strengthening families and empowering parents. FAST focuses on at-risk preschool and elementary school children and their families and teaches them how to work together.

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