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The East Bay Mentoring Partnership project will enhance four existing mentoring programs and improve outcomes for high-risk youth in the East Bay corridor cities of Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond.

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $399,472)

This demonstration program supports collaborations of qualified, established mentoring program sites that enhance (1) the matching of youth and mentors based on needs, skills, experiences, and interests; (2) initial and ongoing training for mentors, and (3) ongoing mentor support. The program aims to improve the effectiveness of mentoring through the systematic implementation of advocacy or teaching functions into mentors' roles. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-55, 125 Stat. 552,617.

The East Bay Mentoring Partnership (EBMP) will enhance four mentoring programs by equipping mentors to serve as teachers and advocates for their mentees. The partnership will develop and implement: 1) a centralized process for mentor applications and screening and assessment of mentors and mentees, employing an online Mentor Management System, common tools and interviews, in order to base matches on alignment between mentee needs and interests and mentor interests, skills, and experiences; 2) a comprehensive mentor training program emphasizing positive youth development principles and practices; and 3) use of online mentoring logs, weekly debriefings, a blog, and mentor team activities to provide ongoing support to mentors. The project will pilot these enhancements for a target population of 300+ youth ages 11-15 who are at high risk of dropping out. Project goals are: 1) improve matching, mentor training and support, and retention (measured by documentation of the match process and decisions, training and attendance logs, surveys, retention analyses); 2) improve mentees' school engagement and performance (measured by improvements in attendance, suspensions, GPA, and "on track" to graduate data; and 3) prevent gang involvement and delinquency (measured by avoidance of arrests or offenses, gang involvement, and re-victimization). The EBMP intends to participate in the OJJDP funded evaluation. CA/NCF

Date Created: August 28, 2012