Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $23,000,000)
This program supports national mentoring organizations in their efforts to strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities within local affiliates. Mentoring activities include direct one-on-one mentoring, group mentoring, or peer mentoring services to at-risk and underserved youth populations. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-55, 125 Stat. 552, 617.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) will build upon over 100 years of successful youth development programming and administration of more than 4,400 mentoring awards to Clubs nationwide to strengthen and expand mentoring programs for approximately 56,000 youth in four goal areas: support for mentoring in underserved communities, mentoring through TARGETED OUTREACH, support for minority male mentor recruitment; and mentoring military youth. Emphasis will be given to addressing the shortage of minority male mentors through targeted recruitment, training and support as well as delivering enhanced mentoring experiences to underserved, at-risk youth residing in distressed areas identified by OJJDP's SMART tool.
Mentoring programs will achieve specific performance goals and objectives, including improved academic, social and career outcomes as well as behavioral and personal development. Mentoring services will be initiated, expanded, and enhanced to address the pathways to delinquency. Performance measures specified in the solicitation will be collected and reported utilizing BGCA's comprehensive online performance measures reporting system. Local Boys & Girls Clubs will apply for sub-award funding, utilizing the OJJDP FindYouthInfo.gov community resources mapping web site to access appropriate collaborative partners and resources to outline comprehensive mentoring program development plans.