Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $300,000)
The SS/HS Initiative is a joint effort by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice to support schools and communities in creating safer and healthier learning environments. This solicitation invites current Safe Schools/Healthy Student grantees to develop proposals that will increase the capacity of their SS/HS collaborations to develop and implement community-based mentoring programs or to expand and enhance existing mentoring programs and strategies. This program advances the provision of integrated resources for prevention and early intervention services for children and youth by supporting effective evidence-based mentoring services to young people who are underserved. The intent of this program is to demonstrate new mentoring efforts or to expand existing mentoring efforts that work in concert with a grantee's SS/HS comprehensive plan.
Bourbon County Schools' A.S.S.I.S.T. (Auxiliary Services Supporting Individuals through Sustainable Tutelage) proposal will support and strengthen Elements 1, 2, 3,4 and 5 of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative along with the relationship of the Bourbon County Schools and the local law enforcement agency, the local public mental health agency, and the local juvenile justice agency. The goals of Project A.S.S.I.S.T. are to (1) improve outcomes in mentoring programs for at-risk youth by establishing and strengthening collaborative community approaches; (2) establish and/or improve the administration of mentoring programs for at-risk, underserved youth, including the expansion of mentoring strategies and program design; and (3) enhance and improve the mentoring programs' organizational capacity, system efficiency, and cost-effectiveness through training and technical assistance and other strategies.