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Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $400,000)

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.

This project involves four Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) sites: BBBS of Central Indiana, BBBS of Greater Lafayette, BBBS of Northeast Indiana and BBBS of South Central Indiana. Each site has more than 40 years of youth mentoring experience and operates according to a standard program design. These sites represent 26 counties (28%) in Indiana. Each site will match 100 at-risk youth (ages 11-15) with a volunteer mentor; 50 of these matches will receive OJJDP-defined enhancements that incorporate mentor advocacy and teaching functions at 3 critical points in the youth mentoring process: 1) Mentor-Mentee Matching: Enhanced participant (mentor, youth, and family) assessments, goal setting, and improved communication of roles and expectations; 2) Ongoing Mentor Support: New support strategies focused on effective youth intervention, goal setting, and providing appropriate resources; and 3) Initial and Ongoing Training: Enhanced mentor-mentee training curriculum involving group education strategies based on initial and ongoing assessments, surveys, barriers, and achieved outcomes. As a result of this enhancement program, BBBS mentors will demonstrate advocacy and teaching functions that contribute to improved youth outcomes, match longevity, and relationship strength. Progress data will be collected for the OJJDP evaluation.


Date Created: August 20, 2012