Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $1,999,571)
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.
Nueva Esperanza, Inc. hopes to improve education and social outcomes for at-risk youth and underserved youth in low-income communities served by 10 faith- and community-based sites in five states. Through a focus on best practice mentoring, The Real Time Network, will serve up to 1,976 youth with the goal of improving school attendance and graduation, and reducing negative outcomes, dropouts and anti-social behavior, including juvenile delinquency and gang participation. The programs objectives are: 1.) provide mentoring services to 1,976 at-risk low-income, underserved youth through 10 sites in five states in the context of faith- and community-based youth-serving programs; 2.) Enhance mentoring services to implement additional research- and evidence-based practices, such as training and mentor support; and (3) assessing and serving at-risk mentees. The project consists of two major components - Enhancing existing mentoring services at the sites to implement additional evidence-based practices, and providing programmatic and fiscal oversight, coordination, training, and networking to 10 direct-service youth-serving community-based programs in five states. Overall, this approach will ensure that the program sites are providing high-quality social and academic enrichment that includes one-one-one and group mentoring to targeted youth. Significant partnerships will be carried out with 10 subgrantees, which bring extensive networks to bear upon the project.