Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $1,000,000)
The Multi-State Mentoring Program provides funding to support established mentoring organizations in their efforts to strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities within local chapters or sub-awardees in five or more states to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, truancy, and other problem and high-risk behaviors. FY 2014 funding will address the factors that can lead to or serve as a catalyst for delinquency or other problem behaviors in underserved youth, including youth in high-risk environments, children of incarcerated parents and tribal youth. The program is comprised of three categories: Category 1 for organizations implementing one-on-one mentoring programs, Category 2 for Group mentoring programs and Category 3 for a combination of both one-on-one and group mentoring.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation will implement and expand Soccer for Success, its evidence-based group mentoring program, to an additional six states: Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, and Oregon. The project will match at-risk boys and girls with trained adult mentors for 108 hours each year. The program's partnerships with community-based organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs and Police Athletic Leagues, engage at-risk youth in communities with the highest risk factors in formal mentoring relationships, teaching youth to work with their peers and mentors while building essential life skills. The project will engage additional at-risk youth from underserved communities, increase family engagement, deter delinquent behavior, and improve attitudes toward school. The grantee will enhance its program model, ensuring that the latest mentoring research is incorporated into the curriculum, and will strengthen its partnerships with mentoring organizations and OJJDP grant recipients to share best practices. CA/NCF