Congressman David Scott Applauds Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant Award for Clayton County Juvenile Court

Today Congressman David Scott is pleased to congratulate the Clayton County Juvenile Court in securing $499,723 in grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise initiative. 

Forward Promise is a newly created program by the Foundation that promotes innovative, community-based projects working to strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color. 

“I am confident this grant award will help continue the nationally-acclaimed work that Clayton’s Juvenile Court Chief Judge Steve Teske is undertaking,” Congressman Scott said. “Judge Teske’s tireless efforts to reduce recidivism have resulted in fewer referrals to the criminal justice system, and consequently, higher graduation rates and fewer school arrests among juveniles in Clayton County.  I am proud to partner with Judge Teske to identify key resources, like federal grants and private funding, that allow him to enhance his vital initiatives to divert juvenile offenders into community-based programs rather than locking them up.”

The Clayton County Juvenile Court is one of ten grantees nationwide selected from over 1,500 applications.  The funding will support the Court’s System of Care Approach Project, which provides alternatives to the juvenile court system for troubled youth.  Under Judge Teske’s leadership, the Court has gained national attention and become a model for the State of Georgia.

For guidance and resources to help eligible grantseekers find information on federal grants, loans, and nonfinancial assistance, as well as on private funding, please contact Congressman David Scott’s Office at 770/432-5405.