Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $1,538,000)
This program supports the enhancement or expansion of initiatives that will help communities develop or improve mentoring programs for at-risk or 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 that the community identifies. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012; Pub. L. 112-55, 125 Stat. 552, 617.
The Mid Atlantic Network of Youth and Family Services (MANY) is a multi-state organization with members in 16 states: AL, CA, DC, DE, FL, GA, KS, IL, MD, NJ, NV, OH, PA, TX, VA and WV. The proposed Multi-State Mentoring Initiative will bring together six mentoring programs serving youth in high risk situations in FL, IL, PA, TX, VA and WV to enhance their capacity to develop and expand mentoring that reduces juvenile delinquency, gang participation, drop-out rates, and improves academic performance. The primary objectives of this initative are to: 1) establish/improve administration of mentoring programs for underserved youth at-risk through expansion of mentoring strategies and program design; and 2)improve organizational capacity, system efficiency and cost-effectiveness of mentoring through training and technical assistance and other strategies. The target deliverables are to serve 1,700 youth and recruit 1,250 new mentors, with the following outcomes: 100% of organizations utilize an evidence-based practice; 80% of youth maintain school enrollment; 80% of youth increase social competence; 80% of youth will not offend/re-offend while participating; and 75% of youth exiting the program will have participated in a match for 12 months.