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Parks PALS Mentoring Program Strategic Enhancement

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)

While research indicates that quality mentoring is a promising delinquency prevention technique, certain program characteristics and elements are moderators of its effectiveness. This solicitation invites eligible applicants to propose evidence-based enhancements that are among these moderators of program effectiveness. The three strategies include: (1) involving the parents in activities or services, (2) providing structured activities and programs for the mentoring matches, and (3) developing and implementing on-going training and support for mentors. This initiative is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010, P.L. 111-117.

The Center for Working Families, Inc.'s (TCWFI) Parks Pals Mentoring Program aims to keep Parks Middle School students away from crime by including parents/guardians in the current program and connecting them to existing wraparound and family services offered by TCWFI. Short-term outcomes include reducing the percentage of youth involved in juvenile justice system and gangs; increasing the percentage of youth served and mentoring relationships sustained for 12 months; increasing the percentage of students seeing academic achievement and exhibiting prosocial behavior; increasing parent participation in the mentoring program; and increasing the number of mentored families connected to TCWFI adult services. This strategic enhancement will link two well-documented programs and boost existing mentoring relationships with the hope that added parental support can elevate program successes even further and continue to keep neighborhood kids away from crime.

Date Created: September 13, 2010