Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $5,000,000)
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.
In partnership with Land-Grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H proposes to strengthen and expand mentoring programs for 10,000 youth through three 4-H Programs of Distinction: 4-H Mentoring: Youth & Families with Promise, 4-H Tech Wizards, and 4-H LIFE. All incorporate positive youth development core principles to improve the well-being of at-risk youth ages 7-17, especially underserved populations of Tribal youth, Latino and African American youth, children of military parents, and children of incarcerated parents. Identified objectives are 1) provide direct one-on-one, group, or peer mentoring services to underserved youth populations; and 2) improve outcomes for at-risk youth in mentoring programs by establishing and strengthening collaborative community approaches. Performance measures include number of youth served, mentors trained/retained, and percentage of youth completing the program and exhibiting the desired outcomes. Participation and outcome data will be collected and reported by local program staff.