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 Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) will enhance the delivery of high-tech career-focused mentoring to 770 youth with disabilities who are at-risk of truancy or court-involvement through streamlining structured activities for mentees and mentors, family engagement, and ongoing training and support for mentors. RAMP will work with existing sites to identify effective strategies in 11 varied sites across the country and create standards of practice for all sites. RAMP utilizes one-on-one mentoring and supports the following activities at all sites: individualized plans, peer-supported goal setting, and weekly career meetings. The structured activities and mentor training will build stronger mentor-mentee relationships and mentor retention. Increased family involvement will promote youth engagement and goal completion. RAMP will increase the number of youth with disabilities matched with trained mentors, remaining in school, avoiding arrest, and developing transition plans for work and postsecondary education. Short-term and intermediate outcomes will be documented by: number of mentors recruited, trained, and matched with mentees; number of youth with disabilities recruited, matched with mentors, and attending program activities; number of individualized mentoring plans completed and individual goals met; number of family members engaged in program activities; and number of youth remaining in school and avoiding arrest or recidivism.