Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $325,727)
This solicitation invites eligible applicants to propose research and evidence-based enhancements to mentoring programs based on three strategies: (1) involving the parents and family in activities and services, (2) delivering structured activities and programs for the mentoring matches, and (3) developing training and support for mentors. Research studies and evaluations of best practices have indicated that mentoring programs that provide multiple modes of treatment addressing both individual and environmental characteristics tend to be the most effective. This initiative is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-8.
Baptist Health Systems Foundations, Inc. will enhance their current mentoring program in this initiative's Focus Area - 1 involving the parents and families of mentoring participants in mentoring activities and providing or coordinating services for them. Tipping the Scale (TTS) is a community health initiative of Baptist Health (Jacksonville, FL). TTS will enhance its successful and proven year-round mentoring and mentor-based summer employment program. Established in 2000 with goals of academic achievement and workforce preparation, TTS serves at-risk, inner city youth. The initiative is distinguished by a 3.5 year mentor-student duration for year-round mentoring and the inclusion of a mentor-based summer employment program. TTS recognizes the need to further involve parents/guardians and strengthen its academic case management model. The three enhancement areas that will be addressed are the establishment of a parent academic liaison, family crisis counseling and family recreational activities. The target population would not generally have access to the services provided by the proposed enhancements. Performance related to the defined enhancement objectives will be tracked and reported by coordinators and liaison. CA/NCF