Description of original award (Fiscal Year 1999, $200,000)
Project Summary for 1999-JG-FX-0041
The Southeast Asian Youth Mentoring Project proposes to offer one-to-one mentoring opportunities for at-risk Southeast Asian Youth, grades six through eight attending Samuel W. Bridgham Middle School and residing in the Federal Hill and West End Enterprise Communities. Mentors will be students 21 years or older attending Brown University of Providence College, in Providence, Rhode Island. Implemented by the Mayor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse (MCDAA) in conjunction with Bridgham Middle School and the Indochinese Advocacy Project, this year round mentoring project will enhance services currently being offered through the MCDAA - run Southeast Asian Youth and Family Development Project (SAYFD) that serve at-risk Southeast Asian youth and their families residing in Enterprise Communities. Since 1992, the SAYFD Project offered substance abuse and juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention services through weekly " Gangs to Clubs" youth clubs; weekly intensive after-school tutoring; an eight week Summer Academy; parent training workshops; and case management services. The mentoring program will provide an opportunity for at-risk Southeast Asian youth to develop positive relationships with adult role models on a one-to-one basis, thereby leading to the strengthening of bonds among youth, family, school and the community.