Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $2,015,000)
The Clubhouse Network (TCN) provides a safe, creative, out-of-school learning environment where youth from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their interests, develop skills, and build self-confidence through technology. IMPACTS (Increasing Mentor Participation and Commitment to Success) 3.0 will expand TCN’s work to provide youth with meaningful STEM and life learning opportunities supported by caring mentors. Mentors will support youth as they develop lifelong skills including the abilities to self-advocate, solve problems, prevent and cope with bullying, and work toward a positive future, enabling them to persevere and succeed. IMPACTS 3.0 will support 10 Clubhouse sites with 210 caring adults mentoring 725 youth, including at least 85 youth affected by drug addiction and 70 youth with an incarcerated parent. All IMPACTS 3.0 sites will receive funding to hire a full-time mentor coordinator and work with TCN staff to: (1) Provide opportunities for all Clubhouse youth to be mentored by a community of committed, trained, and supported mentors; and, (2) Foster a Clubhouse culture of trauma-informed care, where youth engage in opportunities that equip them to succeed in the face of adversity.