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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2001, $210,000)


The Village in Progress (VIP) mentoring project will inclide youth from the age of 6 years to 16 years old. The target population will be court involved, foster care, Native American, and African American youth, who are truant, with disabilities, and youth attending alternative educational schools. VIP is based on five essential elements: Respect, Trust, Partnership Building, Expectations, and Time. The goal of this project is to match mentors and mentees and track their progress with the help of schools, service agencies, parents, and evaluative services.The project will be coordinated with thee on going federally funded grant: the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative (US Dept of ED, Health & Human Services, DOJ); the 21st Century community learning centers (US Department of ED) and the County Coalition for change (DOJ). Services and programs generated by all three of these grants will be used to support the VIP mentoring project.

The youth will primarily be referred from the Department of Human Services, Choctaw Nation, Minority Action Agency,Office of Juvenile Services, Truant Officer, foster parents, churhes, school counselors. and parents (especially single). The youth can also be self refered to the program. The lead agency for the VIP will be kiamichi youth Services, Inc.


Date Created: July 12, 2001