Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $1,000,000)
The Multi-State Mentoring Program provides funding to support established mentoring organizations in their efforts to strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities within local chapters or sub-awardees in five or more states to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, truancy, and other problem and high-risk behaviors. FY 2014 funding will address the factors that can lead to or serve as a catalyst for delinquency or other problem behaviors in underserved youth, including youth in high-risk environments, children of incarcerated parents and tribal youth. The program is comprised of three categories: Category 1 for organizations implementing one-on-one mentoring programs, Category 2 for Group mentoring programs and Category 3 for a combination of both one-on-one and group mentoring.
The National Organization of Concerned Black Men (CBM) will expand its mentoring program into 5 additional states through its year-round multistate mentoring initiative for African American boys through the CBM CARES® program. CBM CARES® seeks to mentor additional at-risk elementary and middle school boys age 10 - 14 years old at 5 new program sites. These new cities include: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; and New Orleans, LA. The program will match young males with adult male mentors in a one-on-one relationship, and with additional men in a group mentoring setting to improve academic achievement, increase school attachment, eliminate anti-social behavior, and produce outstanding young male students and citizens. CBM CARES® will offer a combined mentoring program (one-to-one and group) in these 5 cities to fill the gap of a dearth of intensive mentoring options for boys. CBM CARES® activities include: one-on-one and group mentoring; structured enrichment activities; parent and youth workshops; and limited case management and referrals for social services. This project will expand mentoring operations into these 5 cities and increase the number of boys served. CA/NCF
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