Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $40,000,000)
This solicitation invites eligible applicants to propose the enhancement or expansion of initiatives that will assist in the development and maturity of community programs providing 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. OJJDP's National Mentoring Programs initiative is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117).
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) will build upon the experiences and learning garnered through more than 100 years of successful youth development programming and the administration of approximately 1,000 mentoring grants currently implemented at Clubs nationwide. This program will strengthen, expand and enhance programs and mentoring experiences for current and new Club members in four specific goal areas: mentoring implementation; new Clubs in distressed areas; targeted outreach initiatives; and sustainability support for Clubs in public housing and Indian Country. Priority will be given to delivering the enhanced programs and experiences to underserved, high-risk youth residing in distressed areas, as identified by the OJJDP SMART tool. Programmatic emphasis will be given to addressing the existing mentor shortage of African- American, Latino, and Native American males through targeted mentor (both professional and volunteer) recruitment, training and site-based supervision and oversight. CA/NFC