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Provide research/evidence-based enhancements to the 4-H Mentoring of Central Utah program through: 1)One-on-One mentoring, 2) initial and ongoing mentor training, and 3) ongoing mentor support.

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $399,850)

This demonstration program supports collaborations of qualified, established mentoring program sites that enhance (1) the matching of youth and mentors based on needs, skills, experiences, and interests; (2) initial and ongoing training for mentors, and (3) ongoing mentor support. The program aims to improve the effectiveness of mentoring through the systematic implementation of advocacy or teaching functions into mentors' roles. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-55, 125 Stat. 552,617.

4-H Mentoring of Central Utah is comprised of three sites: Utah County 4-H, Iron County 4-H, and Brigham Young University. The program provides community based one-on-one mentoring and will match 225-300 new/additional mentees with a college-age mentor. Youth are in 5th to 8th grades for the initial match and come from economically disadvantaged urban/suburban neighborhoods who are at risk of juvenile delinquency and high-risk behaviors. The purpose of this project is to decrease delinquent behavior while increasing positive outcomes in youth by implementing systematic teaching or advocacy functions into the mentoring role. To achieve this goal, activities include: 1) improving the mentor/mentee matching process by developing a standardized method to match the youth and mentors based on needs, skills, experience and interest; 2) changing existing trainings for mentors to include an experiential learning model, the essential elements of youth development and expose youth to more youth-oriented resources available through 4-H; and 3) establishing a Mentor Council to strengthen ongoing mentor support and provide advocacy. Project goals and expected outcomes are to decrease delinquent behavior, increase positive outcomes and strengthen family bonds. Goals will be measured through monthly mentor reports, annual pre/post test evaluation surveys, and participation in the OJJDP funded evaluation. CA/NCF

Date Created: August 28, 2012