Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,000,000)
The Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative, Category 2 (Multi-State Mentoring Program) provides funding to support mentoring organizations in their efforts to strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities within local chapters or sub-awardees (in at least 5 states but fewer than 45 states) to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, truancy, and other problem and high-risk behaviors. FY 2015 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. Programs are encouraged to target their mentoring services to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth; children of parents on active military duty; children of incarcerated parents; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth; youth with disabilities; and youth in rural communities. This program is authorized by the FY15(OJJDP Ment. Oppor Yth) Pub. L. No. 113-235; 128 Stat. 2130, 2195.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, through this funding will strengthen and enhance Go-To-High-School, Go-To-College program. This program is specifically created for at-risk, high-risk and underserved urban youth, specifically youth of color, primarily African American and Latino males. The program will provide one-on-one and group-mentoring for 6-17 year olds in twenty-five geographical locations and across twenty-two states. Through this grant funding, they will expand their current initiatives to engage 5,000 student participants with caring mentors who will serve as advocates and role models for achieving greater successes in life. The Go-To-High-School, Go-To-College program is an evidence based program that is analogous to the Community Based Mentoring model used by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The Go-To-High-School, Go-To-College program offers high school and college readiness training and common sense direction for program participants; providing mentees with the resources, skills and relationships they need to compete and win in a demanding global marketplace.