Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $532,721)
The Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative, Category 4 (Project Sites and Mentoring Strategies for Youth Impacted by Opioids and Drug Addiction) supports youth mentoring organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a public or private substance abuse treatment agency. The focus of this category is to provide mentoring services as a part of a prevention, treatment and supportive approach for those youth impacted by opioids and drug addiction. This program is authorized and funded pursuant to Pub. L. No. 116-93, 133 Stat. 2317, 2410.
Rogue Valley Mentoring (RVM) serves youth through both group mentoring and one-to-one mentoring relationships in Jackson County, Oregon. The target population is youth who are identified by school and social service partners as having high needs. RVM models the effectiveness of using a strength-based, trauma-informed care-mentoring model to build the resilience and skills necessary for self-regulation and personal growth. The program will assist more than 1,000 mentees, acquire 75 new mentors, and maintain an additional 85 mentors during the 3-year project period. The project will expand upon the quality of service they already provide by hiring a team of paid lead mentors. These seasoned mentors will serve youth in one-to-one relationships and in circles, while also providing ancillary support to designated mentors. Data collection will occur through the tracking of Adverse Childhood Experiences as well as through the distribution of pre- and post-program surveys to all youth. CA/NCF