U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur announced on October 9th awards of $9,380,000 in Department of Justice grants to support mentoring services for youth and to protect children from abuse, exploitation, and threats such as sex trafficking. The awards were made by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Office for Victims of Crime, part of the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs.
Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan stated, “These awards will support outstanding youth-serving organizations like the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs and their local affiliates across the country as they help youth discover their talents, find their purpose and realize their full potential. We are incredibly grateful to our mentorship programs, both nationally and locally. Badges in Blue and Badges for Baseball are great examples of successful community partnerships through law enforcement and mentoring.”
The Ripken Foundation is grateful for the DOJ and their efforts to support our mission. This grant will allow us to continue our Badges for Baseball mentoring program that teaches important life lessons to at-risk youth. We use sports-themed programs to bring law enforcement, officers, youth mentors, and underserved kids together on a level playing field.
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