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Local Mentoring Coordinator for BBBS of NYC's Bronx Volunteer Coalition: Bringing More Volunteer Mentors to the Most Disadvantaged Communities in NYC

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $109,910)

OJJDP supports wide-ranging mentoring initiatives to reduce juvenile delinquency, gang involvement, academic failure, victimization, and school dropout rates. While mentoring is traditionally a volunteer-based service, a need exists for staff and resources to support the efforts of each mentoring program. Developing and maintaining mentoring partnerships and collaboratives can build capacity and increase the power of mentoring to benefit more young people. Local mentoring partnerships and collaboratives can bring together public and private sector leadership, eliminate duplication of efforts, fill service gaps, and offer centralized services. The successful award recipient(s) will fund a coordinator position to support a local continuum of mentoring services for targeted youth. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-55, 125 Stat. 552, 617.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC will hire a Local Mentoring Coordinator to lead the new Bronx Volunteer Coalition. The goal is to improve positive outcomes and decrease delinquency for at-risk youth in the Bronx by working collaboratively to increase volunteerism at Coalition member agencies. BBBS of NYC will work with lead partner South Bronx United to increase marketing, training, and development resources for Coalition members, which will lead to a 20% average increase in the number of youth mentored through member agencies, and 20% increase in volunteer recruitment. Funds will be used for: hiring the new Local Mentoring Coordinator at BBBS of NYC; activities to expand membership to 25 agencies; semi-annual staff trainings for Coalition members; marketing/branding; and development of a web presence for the Coalition.

Date Created: September 16, 2012