Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $2,500,000)
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.
Communities in Schools (CIS) proposes to partner with the North Carolina Mentoring Partnership, 13 local CIS affiliate organizations, to mentor 2,600 at-risk students at 34 Title 1 eligible schools in 8 states (Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia). These students are the most at-risk for dropping out of school because of their exposure to high levels of risk in their families, homes, communities and social environments. The selected activities CIS plans on implementing include: expansion of a Mentoring Program based on CIS' work with the Dropout Prevention Center; connection to one-on-one mentors and group mentoring opportunities; CIS Model in each school, which is associated with the strongest reduction in dropout rates among all existing fully scaled dropout prevention programs in the US; parent and family involvement; intensive training and support; and a Mentoring Coordinator Certification Program.