Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $1,500,000)
The Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative, Category 2 (Multi-State Mentoring Program) provides funding to support mentoring organizations in their efforts to strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities within local chapters or sub-awardees (in at least 5 states but fewer than 45 states) to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, truancy, and other problem and high-risk behaviors. FY 2017 funding will address the factors that can lead to or serve as a catalyst for delinquency or other problem behaviors in youth.
Leadership Foundations (LF) Mentoring Youth for Leadership II (MYL II) offers a program to mentor youth at risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system who are rural, children of incarcerated parents, or American Indian/Alaska Native youth living off reservations. Target youth are reaching neither their personal potential nor their potential to be valued contributors to society because of risky behavior and barriers. Well-trained mentors can successfully connect and guide children and adolescents to meet the program goals to improve youth outcomes by lowering risky behavior, increasing a sense of self-worth, and improving academic performance of mentees. To meet these goals, MYL II will recruit and train mentors who will provide one-on-one and group mentoring (one mentor per five mentees). As a current Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention mentoring program grantee, LF offers a broad-ranging program that includes 25 Local Leadership Foundations (LLFs) that will mentor youth in 20 states and 31 locations thus meeting Category 2, Multistate Mentoring Program requirements.