Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $3,000,000)
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.
The YMCA San Francisco's successful Building Futures Mentoring program will be enhanced by providing targeted support services (delivered through six YMCA Associations in five states across the nation, which include Arizona, California, Maryland, Ohio and Tennessee) to increase the involvement of parents in the project and the provision of services for them. YMCA staff, and mentors. These new staff will create individualized care plans for parents/caregivers, deliver monthly parent education support programming, and organize group interaction activites for mentees, parents/caregivers, and mentors. The program targets youth ages 6-18 who live and go to school in communities that experience disproportionate rates of poverty, juvenile crime, truancy, single parent households, low educational attainment of parents, and limited time between parents/caregivers and youth. Additionally, the program will outreach to military families utilizing existing YMCA resources (e.g., websites, support groups, etc.) to target deployed parent.