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PAL+ Mentoring Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $598,792)

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. Rogers County Volunteers for Youth's PAL+ will broaden the focus of the PAL Program to target and include youth ages 617 impacted by drug abuse (particularly opioid abuse) in Census Tract 40131050101, which is designated as a high-poverty area and located inside a federally designated QOZ. The proposed activities will increase the number of opioid-impacted youth served, provide better-equipped and supported mentors, use best practices in mentoring, and engage the families of the mentees. The project-funded PAL+ mentoring coordinator will ensure best practices in mentoring are delivered through partnerships with local substance abuse treatment agencies, behavioral health professionals, juvenile courts, the local juvenile services unit, school staff, foster and out-of-home placement agencies, William H. Barnes Child Advocacy Center, local Celebrate Recovery groups, the extensive resources of the Cherokee Nation, and law enforcement agencies/school resource officers. The project-funded PAL+ school/community liaison and "Paw PAL" (an emotional support dog) will work in targeted schools. Home visits in response to chronic absenteeism/truancy and connecting participant families to needed resources will be a high priority. Rogers County Volunteers for Youth will not use any portion of the project budget to conduct research and will not make subawards with any requested funds. CA/NCF

Date Created: October 22, 2020