Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)
OJJDP seeks applicants to establish mentoring programs that offer a mixture of core services and engage youth with activities that enable them to practice healthy behaviors within a positive pro-social peer group. The target population should be youth at risk of gang activity, delinquency, and youth violence. This program should develop and strengthen protective factors against gang involvement and other problem behaviors. It can be based in a school or community setting. Successful applicants will include organizations, local school districts, and communities dealing with demonstrated gang problems who are a part of a communitywide strategy to combat gang activity. This initiative is authorized under the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 111-8.
The Pittsburgh School District will implement an expansion of its Learning and Mentoring Partnership (LAMP) with Family Guidance, Inc. (FGI) and local church congregations. Through LAMP this effort will serve 100 youth identified as at-risk of joining gangs in the East region of the City. Students will be served through one-to-one, community-based and in-school mentoring relationships. LAMP will also provide group mentoring and family-based mentoring as additional options. In addition, LAMP will select, train, and closely supervise mentors from selected church congregations. Pittsburgh will collect the necessary data to fulfill the report requirement on the stated performance measures from the District Real Time Information (RTI) system, our outreach and program tracking database system, Intervention Team case management meeting minutes and various survey instruments. In addition, an outside evaluator will be used to ensure that data for all performance measures are collected. CA/NCF