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Rogers County Local Mentoring Coordinator Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $109,910)

OJJDP supports wide-ranging mentoring initiatives to reduce juvenile delinquency, gang involvement, academic failure, victimization, and school dropout rates. While mentoring is traditionally a volunteer-based service, a need exists for staff and resources to support the efforts of each mentoring program. Developing and maintaining mentoring partnerships and collaboratives can build capacity and increase the power of mentoring to benefit more young people. Local mentoring partnerships and collaboratives can bring together public and private sector leadership, eliminate duplication of efforts, fill service gaps, and offer centralized services. The successful award recipient(s) will fund a coordinator position to support a local continuum of mentoring services for targeted youth. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-55, 125 Stat. 552, 617.

This proposed Local Mentoring Coordinator Program will create a successful collaboration of four mentoring organizations in Rogers County, Oklahoma. Rogers County Volunteers for Youth will be the primary applicant with the City of Claremore, Catoosa High School, and i-Mentor Interactive as co-applicants. The proposed collaboration will strengthen, enhance, and grow each of the four partnering programs resulting in more youth served, better-equipped and supported mentors, and cohesive best practices in mentoring. Through the collaboration, led by the funded Mentoring Coordinator, a target population of at-risk youth will be reached in Catoosa High School's freshman class, the City of Claremore's BLAST After School Program for 6th-8th graders, Claremore High School freshman class, and in the PAL Program of Rogers County Volunteers for Youth. Key activities will include best practices in recruitment, screening and training of mentors, orientation of mentees, application of evidence-based curriculum, and thorough evaluations within the individual programs. Progress toward the stated goals will be measured during evaluation phases utilizing survey instruments and in-person interviews.


Date Created: September 16, 2012