Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $280,814)
The Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities Initiative builds upon the foundation of evidence-based practices for effective mentoring and encourages communities to implement and enhance mentoring programs for youth with disabilities. These mentoring efforts will integrate best practices and proven principles into mentoring service models, including efforts to systematically recruit, train, and support mentors in their efforts to encourage individual youth to maximize personal strengths and to develop compensatory skills in specific areas of disability. This program authorized by the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, Pub. L. 112-110.
The Waterford Site-Based Mentoring program will serve children and youth in grades K-12 with severe emotional impairments (SEI) who attend the Waterford School District's Kingsley Montgomery School (KMS). The program will provide one-to-one mentoring in a highly supervised setting at KMS for one hour, one day per week during the school year. In addition, structured group activities will be provided for matches every other week during the summer and once per month during the school year. The overall goals of the program are to: 1) Reduce the risk and incidence of delinquency for students in the Waterford School District who have severe emotional impairments, and 2) Create a model mentoring program for students with severe emotional impairments that can be replicated in other districts.