Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $17,829,110)
This grant program is authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (the 'Recovery Act'). Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention made awards to programs that have a national scope and national impact on combating juvenile delinquency, reducing the victimization of children, and improving the juvenile justice system through mentoring activities. This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002.
Public/Private Ventures has designed the Amachi Mentoring Coalition Project to maximize job creation, while dramatically improving the long-term sustainability of high-quality mentoring programs in forty-three states. The Amachi program that connects mentoring programs with faith and community-based organizations to engage families impacted by incarceration and recruit appropriate mentors. Since 2000, the Amachi national network of providers has been offering mentoring services to those impacted by incarceration. The project seeks to enhance and expand mentoring services to this population to serve 20,475 young people in forty-three states. Further, Amachi programs will establish and maintain 1,290 active partnerships with service providers, government agencies and institutions, and private businesses.
The Amachi Coalition Project intends to prevent and reduce delinquent behavior and victimization; and preserve and create jobs to serve youth and families most impacted by incarceration. The projects objectives are to enhance and expand initiatives to provide quality mentoring services to at-risk and high-risk populations that are underserved; and create statewide coalitions that result in long-term sustainability of jobs and services.
This project achieves the Recovery Act objective of promoting economic recovery by preserving or creating jobs. For every $56,743, approximately 421 jobs will be created or retained over a three year period.