Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $48,310,000)
The National Mentoring Program was established to support national initiatives that support the enhancement or expansion of initiatives that will assist in the development and maturity of community programs providing 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.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) will build upon over 100 years of successful youth development programming and the administration of more than 2,700 current and prior mentoring grants implemented at Clubs nationwide. This program will strengthen and expand mentoring programs in three specific goal areas: support for mentoring in underserved communities, mentoring through the Targeted Outreach program, and minority male mentor recruitment. Emphasis will be given to addressing the existing shortage of African-American, Latino, and Native American male mentors through targeted recruitment, training and support. Clubs will also deliver enhanced mentoring experiences to underserved, at-risk youth residing in distressed areas as identified by OJJDP's SMART tool, and will provide services to youth with a parent in the military. Mentoring programs will achieve specific performance goals and objectives, including improved academic, social and career outcomes as well as behavioral and personal development.