Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Developing Adults with Necessary Skills (DAWN) Program

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): FL

Grantee Agency: City of Jacksonville - Department of Justice

Subgrantee Agency: DAWN Program

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2014/400,871.00

About the Program:

DAWN participants Alex May (right) and Matthew Duncan. Photo courtesy Shelletta Baker
DAWN participants Alex May (right) and Matthew Duncan. Photo courtesy Shelletta Baker. See the DAWN Feature Story to learn more.

The Richard A. McKissick Memorial DAWN (Developing Adults with Necessary Skills) Program is a reentry program that prepares students to take the GED, and provides them with transitional counseling classes and life skills training, such as support in finding a job. DAWN serves students who are 18 years of age or older and do not yet have a diploma.

Students who elect to participate in the DAWN Program attend a total of four classes each week, two 2-hour long courses to study for the GED and two 2-hour long classes on developing life skills. The classes are structured just like a high school or college course with students needing to complete homework outside of class. Classes include anywhere from 6 to 15 students and many of these students face drug-related charges or a violation of probation.

See our full Feature Story on the DAWN Program to learn more.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

Since its founding in 1998, the DAWN Program has helped more than 150 men and women earn a GED. Originally just offered to men, the female component of the program was added in 2010.

Statistics on the DAWN Program show how successful the program is. The recidivism rate for those completing the program is less than 10 percent, compared to a rate of more than 23 percent for the comparable population.

See our full Feature Story on the DAWN Program to learn more.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Damian Cook
Grants Administrator
City of Jacksonville
Email: damianc@coj.net
Phone: 904-255-8742

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