Description of original award (Fiscal Year 1999, $210,000)
Project Summary for 1999-JG-FX-0081
The Mendocino County JUMP project (MCJUMP) will target youth ages 5-17 from two cities in geographically distinct areas of the county: Ukiah, the county seat of government, and Fort Bragg the buisness center for the coastal communities of the county.
The program will bring together four key players in the mentoring arena: Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BB/SS), the project applicant, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA, a mentoring program targeting only wards of the court), public schools, and the Mentoring Alliance (MA).
MCJUMP will target mentees from five Mendocino County schools with the most disadvantaged students. Four of the schools serve mostly court-involved students. One significant and unique aspect of MCJUMP is the CASA program component.
Grant funds will be used for recruitment activities which will be carried out by the Mentoring Alliance two Americorps Ambassadors. The Americorps Ambassador program focuses on enhancing mentoring-related services in the Ambassador's assigned communities. MCJUMP project planners also anticipate receiving considerable numbers of school-based volunteers from the MA's ongoing recriutment efforts.