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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $147,996)
The goal of the program is to divert at-risk youth from negative societal influences such as gangs, substance abuse by improving their school attendance, academics, self-esteem, and personal relationships. DuPage County will accomplish this goal by training youth to be peer mentors. The trained youth will provide mentoring to at risk youth. The peer mentors will receive training in improving interpersonal skills, goal setting and conflict resolution. The peer mentors will conduct outreach to the at risk youth. DuPage County will report performance measures that include improved academic performance and the number of peer mentors that are matched with at risk youth.NCA/NCF
The ultimate goal of the program is to divert at-risk youth from negative societal influences such as gangs, substance abuse by improving their school attendance, academics, self-esteem, and personal relationships. This project will offer 18 youth the opportunity to participate in a Peer Mentoring Project. The peer mentors will provide youth with positive role models to become successful adults who can make positive contributions in their community. The youth will be provided outreach, information, referral, education, training and a support system. The project will allow it's participants the opportunity to mentor at-risk youth living in communities of diverse ethnicities, high crime areas, high-density populations, immigrants, and/or suburban middle class working poor. This project will also impact subsequent underlying issues of academic weakness, juvenile delinquency and gang participation, conduct disorder, school dropout rates, and family dysfunction. NCA/NCF