Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $450,000)
This project supports efforts of local communities and organizations to develop or enhance their mentoring capacity, facilitate outreach to child victims or youth at risk (17 years old or younger) of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking, and increasing the availability of direct services to these youth. The population to be served is girls and boys, including LGBTQ youth who are at risk or are victims of CSE and DST. The grantees will develop or update strategies to recruit and maintain mentors to serve this population; begin or enhance efforts to identify and enroll girls and boys, including LGBTQ youth who are in need of services; and provide needed services to these youth. Grantees will join current and previously funded grantees and work with OJJDP's training and technical assistance provider to develop or enhance mentoring service models and mentor training based on best practices.
The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth will develop and implement evidence-based, trauma-informed mentoring services and training programs, as well as enhance community efforts to identify youth at high risk or victims of CSE/DST. The project will support enhanced mentoring and direct services for child victims and youth at high risk of CSE/DST, train at-risk youth on prevention and crisis intervention strategies, and raise public awareness through a variety of training and community partnerships. The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth anticipates that it will serve approximately 308 child victims and youth at high risk of CSE/DST through either direct services and training on prevention and intervention strategies or mentoring. CA/NCF