Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $3,000,000)
The National Urban League (NUL), with our network of 91 affiliates in 36 states and the
District of Columbia believes that educational opportunity is the most effective means and
avenue for empowerment in communities of color and in historically underserved
communities. Youth success to, through, and after high school is paramount to our design.
NUL proposes to implement the next iteration of Project Ready Mentor (the Project), a
multistate group mentoring program
(Competition ID: OJJDP-2022-171253 Multistate Mentoring Category 3)
in 12 Urban League affiliate communities across 12 states. The proposed Project will operate in:
Greenville, SC; Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; New Orleans, LA; Elyria, OH; Milwaukee, WI;
Houston, TX; Buffalo, NY; Detroit, MI; Chattanooga, TN; Omaha, NE; and San Diego, CA.
The 12 community Project will help disconnected, vulnerable, court-involved, at-risk /at-promise urban
youth (predominately African American and Latino(a) youth 11-17 years of age develop social
and emotional skills, aptitudes, and attitudes; foster anti-bullying and social connectedness;
move from grade to grade on time, and graduate high school ready for college or work without
the need for remediation by expanding the supply of well-trained mentors (using the Elements
of Effective Mentoring Standards and Enhancements, raising awareness of the power of
mentoring, effective family engagement and inclusion, fostering youth assets and well-being
and creating, deepening, and sustaining supportive mentor and mentee relationships directed
towards reducing risky behavior and promoting social, emotional, and academic development).
The Project Ready: Mentor Project requires service to a minimum of 45 youth per affiliate per
year in each of 12 cities, for a minimum total of 1,620 youth served over the 3-year grant
period. Project Ready: Mentor provides 182 annual hours of opportunities, support, and services,
which include and extend those of the participant’s local anchor program via mentoring.
Project Ready: Mentor meets the Elements of Effective Practice Elements standard and
furthermore uses both a relational approach, which aims to develop a sense of efficacy and a
close, trusting emotional connection between the mentor and mentee via activities as well as
an instrumental approach that primarily focuses on encouraging the mentee to grow and
learn through goal-oriented activities found in the anchor positive youth development and
college/career readiness program activities of Project Ready (including going on college visits
together, working on projects such as building a robot, or developing a small business /
entrepreneur plan together). No funds will be used to conduct research.