Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $543,974)
The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) will use funding to provide mentoring services to youth who are at risk for substance use disorders. The program will further positive life outcomes and reduce substance abuse and use among participants by providing data-informed mentoring supports and wraparound interventions to young people by utilizing innovative mentoring models. YEP also aims to provide a uniquely tailored and effective approach to mentoring justice-involved and otherwise at-risk youth through Camp Mariposa, an enrichment program informed by best practices that incorporates youth and family engagement in alignment with the expertise of YEP mentorship to court-involved youth in Louisiana. Additionally, the applicant received priority consideration by including policies, practices, and /or procedures in response to DOJ priorities and details of how the project will benefit those in high-poverty areas.