Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $2,353,583)
This solicitation invites eligible applicants to propose 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. This program is authorized under the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117).
Nueva Esperanza, Inc., proposes to expand in the six states of NY, FL, PA, CA, AZ and NY, to develop and enhance their current mentoring programs within their network. The project will expand evidence-based mentoring for 1,995 at-risk, primarily Hispanic children, ages 6-18 in disadvantaged communities to reduce juvenile delinquency and gang participation, improve academic performance and decrease dropout rates. The mentoring plan includes group and one-on-one mentoring for 4 hours a month for a year. The mentors will have three mentees and will be able to provide some peer activities. The project will utilize an organizational assessment tool and client satisfaction surveys collected from parents and youth to identify the training and technical assistance needs of the agencies. Each program site will agree through a Memorandum of Understanding to engage a certain number of mentors through their program for each of the projects. CA/NCF