Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $473,218)
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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Village Family Service Center will serve at-risk youth ages 6 to 17 and their mentors through this initiative, which has the goal of reducing and preventing juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, truancy, and other risky behaviors in the Fargo, ND and Moorhead MN areas. Activities include community service projects, as well as educational, recreational, and culturally-specific programs. Short-term outcomes include increases in the number of youth served, program youth who offend/reoffend, and improvement in academic performance, relationship quality, and overall sense of their future.