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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Oct. 2) – Programs addressing drug abuse and crimes received a US$19,000 boost for its youth drug prevention program from the federal government.

The additional funding brings the total to US$52,000 in federal support for the program.

The Department of Youth Affairs has received a supplemental grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for prevention and intervention programs in the community, according to a media release from the governor's office.

Funding was through the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002.

After DYA received a $33,000 grant earlier this year, the justice department informed the agency more money was available and increased the total grant to $52,000.

"DYA's aggressive efforts to secure federal funding that assists our community in addressing juvenile delinquency, including drug use and violence crimes, has led to unprecedented outreach in our schools to prevent delinquency and has reduced the overall repeat- offense rate," said Gov. Felix Camacho.

The funding may be used in areas of compliance monitoring, substance abuse prevention, violent crime deterrence programs, and improving overall operations.

October 3, 2005

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