Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $2,000,000)
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, 2013; Pub. L. No.113-6, 127 Stat 198, 255.
Sea Research Foundation, Inc. (SRF) seeks to expand its current group mentoring program, Immersion Mentoring, to 35 affiliate sites in 31 states. The primary goal of the proposed project is to reduce high-risk behaviors and positively impact the social development and academic achievement of underserved and at-risk youth ages 8-13. The proposed project will utilize multimedia, interactive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities led by mentors in an after-school environment. Through the Immersion Mentoring program, the agency seeks to: 1) Provide affiliate sites with multimedia STEM curricula for youth and associated content training and technical assistance for program coordinators and mentors; 2) Provide customized guidance for sites to best implement the Immersion STEM activities in a group mentoring setting and provide ongoing training and technical assistance for program coordinators and mentors; and 3) Measuring the project's impact.