Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $1,250,000)
The Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative, Category 3 (Collaborative Mentoring Program) provides funding to support organizations that form a collaborative of at least three and as many as five mentoring organizations in their efforts to strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring programs to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, truancy, and other problem and high-risk behaviors. FY 2016 funding will address the factors that can lead to or serve as a catalyst for delinquency or other problem behaviors for at-risk and high-risk youth.
Utilizing FY 2016 funding, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, Communities in Schools of San Antonio, 100 Black Men, and Youth For Christ will partner in order for hundreds more men of color to serve as mentors and more boys of color will be served through evidence-based mentoring services. The program has three main goals: 1) provide mentoring services tailored to the needs of at-risk, high-risk, and underserved youth, primarily young boys of color in San Antonio; 2) develop and implement enhanced practices that further align with research and evidence on youth development and effective mentoring; and, 3) create an active and dynamic engagement strategy that will result in significantly increased contact with and between mentors, families, youth, and agency staff. Partners will be able to demonstrate impact across programs by utilizing identical evaluation instruments. Mentoring programs will implement enhanced practices in all areas of practice and families will be engaged and strengthened through parent training coursework. CA/NCF