Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $2,042,900)
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.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters America (BBBSA) Juvenile Justice Tribal Initiative will reduce juvenile delinquency, alcohol and drug use, truancy, and other risk behaviors of 600 high-risk and at-risk American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) youth. Evidence-based mentoring services will be offered in schools, communities, and site-based evidenced-based mentoring programs on 12 federally-recognized tribal reservations. Following the leadership of AI/AN advisors, mentors, and staff, project activities were designed to build a sense of attachment to heritage, promote belonging, and support personal development of AI/AN youth. The 12 tribes Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) will partner with are the Sunaq Tribe of Kodiak (AK), the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (AZ), the Ak-Chin Indian Community (AZ), the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (AZ), the Yavapai-Apache Nation (AZ), Mashantucket Pequot Tribe (CT), the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MS), the Pueblo of Laguna (NM), Zuni Tribe (NM), the Mescalero Apache Tribe (NM), the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (NV), and the Oglala Sioux Tribe (SD). Project results will be measured through BBBSA state-of-the-art Agency Information Management System and will be compiled into a comprehensive final report at the conclusion of the project.