Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $9,949,890)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) National Mentoring Programs initiative is authorized by the statutes appropriating funds for fiscal year 2009. OJJDP made awards to applicants that proposed the enhancement or expansion of initiatives that will assist in the development and maturity of community programs to provide mentoring services to high-risk populations that are underserved due to location, shortage of mentors, special physical or mental challenges of the targeted population, or other analogous situations identified by the community in need of mentoring services.'
Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NHAB) seeks to implement an industry-sponsored mentoring program for underserved, at-risk and court involved youth in 11 states. C-CORE is career focused to improve job placement and retention in careers associated with the home building industry. Five thousand youth will be served over three years, matched to 1,667 mentors.
The project goals are to: (1) demonstrate the efficacy of C-CORE; (2) develop local community capacity to support industry-focused mentoring; and (3) create a substantial process for C-Core Continuation and Expansion. Local intermediary organizations in 35 locations will facilitate the day-to-day operations of C-CORE. Mentoring is facilitated through Community Service Clubs (CSC), which provide opportunities for positive interaction in community projects that promote leadership development, community attachment, and relationship building. C-CORE is designed to reduce involvement in substance abuse, truancy, delinquency and other high risk behaviors; and improve placement and job retention.