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A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH RIGHT FROM THE START FOR $40,000.00 FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING THE INITIATIVES OF RIGHT FROM THE START.
WHEREAS, Right from the Start has the Right from the Start Program to impact the lives of juveniles to reduce the rate of drug usage, pregnancy and delinquency and,
WHEREAS, the Columbus Office of Crime Prevention has authorized funding under the Crime Prevention Program for this project in the amount of $40,000.00 to the Right from the Start Program.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
The Mayor is hereby authorized to enter into a one-year contract through the Columbus Office of Crime Prevention with Right from the Start for $40,000.00 for funding the Right from the Start Program. Funds are budgeted in the FY16 budget: Other Local Option Sales Tax, Crime Prevention Program.
The funding of this program will be concentrated on reducing the teen pregnancy rate within Muscogee County schools. It will be utilized to provide students with the skills to handle peer pressure, avoid risky situations, set goals to say “no” to dangerous temptations and to increase relationship skills necessary.
To date this project has experienced a high success rate as evidenced by the decrease in teen pregnancy rates and by student reported data on post evaluation assessments.
By funding this program they will be able to expand their reach into the 7th and 8th grade and finish up in 9th. Evidence suggest that these are the years in which students are most vulnerable to make unhealthy decisions.