Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $2,043,759)
This solicitation invites applicants to propose national initiatives that will support the development, maturation, and expansion of community programs that provide mentoring services to tribal youth populations on tribal reservations of federally-recognized tribes across the nation that are underserved due to location, shortage of mentors, emotional or behavioral challenges of the targeted population, or other situations identified by the federally-recognized tribes. This program 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.