The Cabarrus County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council is now accepting applications from programs seeking funding for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Local public agencies, nonprofits and housing authorities are all encouraged to submit proposals for programs offering assistance ranging from substance abuse treatment, sex-offender assessment and treatment, counseling services and mentoring and vocational-development programs.
“It continues to be our priority that programs are available for any juvenile in Cabarrus County who needs help, services, mentorship or guidance,” Council Chair Megan Baumgardner told the Independent Tribune. “The more programs we fund, the better off our kids will be.”
Cabarrus County is expected to receive nearly $460,000 in state funding for such programs during the upcoming fiscal year, and the application deadline is Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. Each year, the council reviews the needs of at-risk juveniles across the county to help in making decisions about how to use the resources and develop an action plan.
Applicant programs are required to target “certain risk factors for youth delinquency or repeat delinquency,” including runaway behaviors, substance use, association with others involved in delinquent or criminal activity, association with gang members, adverse childhood experiences, human trafficking and a reduction in juvenile recidivism.