Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $25,000,000)
The National Mentoring Program provides funding to support national mentoring organizations in their efforts to strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities within local chapters or sub-awardees 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 Boys and Girls Clubs of America will sub-award $36,400,000 of the $40,000,000 requested to affiliate Boys & Girls Clubs (Clubs) to connect 57,677 youth ages 6-18 in 50 states with caring mentors and skill-building prevention programs. Due to the adjusted funding amount provided to the grantee, it is anticipated that the sub-awarded amount and number of youth served will be amended. Target populations include youth at risk (at-risk youth, high-risk youth, and youth residing in high-risk environments), tribal youth, military-connected youth, and delinquent and/or gang-affiliated youth. The following proposed four new program elements for implementation are designed to enhance mentoring services to high-risk youth, including youth residing in high-risk environments: 1) A Mentee Risk Profile tool that will enable MBGC Clubs to formalize and extend existing processes for adjusting mentoring services according to mentee risk levels; 2) An expanded suite of MBGC skill-building prevention programs that increase mentee supports by directly addressing risk factors and promoting protective factors; 3) Nationwide data collection regarding individual and environmental risk levels of MBGC mentee participants; and 4) Collection and analysis of practices currently in use by Clubs mentoring children of incarcerated parents, and the development and/or implementation of new research-informed practices for mentoring children of incarcerated parents. CA/NCF