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 Amachi Multi-State project will improve academic and behavioral outcomes for youth at-risk of academic failure, truancy, or adjudication. Amachi programs will enhance and expand mentoring services to underserved populations, specifically targeting children of military families and those impacted by incarceration. Over 8,500 children in existing mentoring relationships will benefit from the proposed enhancements to five Amachi mentoring programs in Arizona, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas, and an additional 1,500 new matches will be made.
The Amachi Multi-State Project will measure progress through quarterly reports from subrecipients and pre/post youth outcome surveys, tracking changes in academic performance, attendance, attitude, and behavior. One of the project goals is to help fill the current knowledge gap in the mentoring community by documenting effective practices for servicing children from military families. The applicant hopes to create a replicable model for successfully engaging military families and meeting the needs of the youth with a parent in the military. Moreover, they will release a report on the findings for children of military families and disseminate the information to various mentoring programs around the nation.