Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $570,000)
The Multi-State Mentoring Program was established to support the enhancement or expansion of initiatives that will assist in the development and maturity of community programs to provide mentoring services to high-risk populations that are underserved due to location, shortage of mentors, special physical or mental challenges of the targeted population, or other analogous situations identified by the community in need of mentoring services. This program is authorized by the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, Pub. L. 112-110.
KidsPeace will establish an e-mentoring program (with components of team mentoring and group mentoring) for youth of military families and their parents. The TeenCentral.Net/ParentCentral.Net Help for Military Families e-mentoring program will address the emotional needs of youth whose parents are deployed. It will also provide platforms for youth and their parents to openly communicate with e-mentors and with each other in an effort to mitigate emotional struggles and avoid juvenile justice behaviors related to a parent's deployment. The 129 years of knowledge amassed by KidsPeace experts, as well as the highly successful 13-year history of TeenCentral.Net will allow for the development of a well established, comprehensive and clinically sound e-mentoring program where adolescent children of military families can receive support, mentoring and access to resources to help them cope with the myriad of emotions with which they are inevitably faced. CA/NCF