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U.S. Department of Justice: Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative

Deadline: June 28, 2018

The Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative supports organizations in strengthening or expanding existing mentoring activities with active chapters, subawardees, or other mentoring organizations. Mentoring activities include direct one-on-one, group, or peer mentoring, or a combination of those mentoring services, for at-risk and underserved youth populations. Successful mentoring programs include matches between a mentor and one or more youth. Mentoring can take place in multiple and informal settings and in a school or program context.

There are five categories available for funding; applicants must indicate under which category they are applying:

Category 1 – National Mentoring Programs: This category supports organizations with the widest reach and capacity that provide youth mentoring services across the country. The target population should include those youth who are identified as at risk or high risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system. Applicants must develop and implement a plan to serve American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth with these grant funds, both on and off reservations. Applicants are encouraged to target mentoring services that incorporate opportunities for youth and law enforcement engagement. Applicants are also encouraged to include services for the following populations: children of parents on active military duty, children of incarcerated parents, youth with disabilities, youth with opioid/substance abuse problems, and youth in rural communities.

Category 2 – Multistate Mentoring Programs: This category supports youth mentoring services in at least 5 states but fewer than 45 states. Priority considerations include the following:

  • Broadest reach: Applicants should address how the proposed mentoring approach will reach a diverse and broad population of youth.
  • Target populations: The target population should include those youth who are identified as being at risk or high risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system. Applicants are encouraged to target mentoring services that incorporate opportunities for youth and law enforcement engagement. Applicants are also encouraged to include services for the following populations: AI/AN youth, both on and off reservations; children of parents on active military duty; children of incarcerated parents; youth with disabilities; youth with opioid/substance abuse problems; and youth in rural communities.

Category 3 – Mentoring Programs for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System: This category will support youth mentoring organizations that have a demonstrated partnership (via a memorandum of understanding) with a juvenile justice agency. The focus is to provide mentoring services to those youth screened as being low risk to public safety by a juvenile justice agency as a part of an overall diversion approach with a goal of rehabilitation and accountability. The program is intended to be a resource for juvenile justice agency staff (i.e., probation officers) to make available to those youth on their caseload who are in need of and most appropriate for community-based supervision and/or diversion services. Priority considerations include the following:

  • Target populations: The priority target population includes those youth who are screened as being low risk to public safety by a juvenile justice agency. Services may also be provided to youth post-adjudication as part of an alternative to detention approach authorized by the court and supportive service while on probation or community supervision. Applicants are also encouraged to consider youth with opioid/substance abuse problems and youth in rural communities as a part of the target population.
  • Demonstrated partnership: Evidence of a formal relationship with a juvenile justice agency must be a fully executed memorandum of understanding between the agencies. Agencies demonstrating existing relationships with a juvenile justice agency will receive priority consideration.
  • Youth and law enforcement engagement: Applicants are encouraged to provide opportunities for youth and law enforcement engagement as a part of their program. This can include using law enforcement personnel as mentors or creating activities where targeted youth have positive interactions with law enforcement personnel.

Category 4—Mentoring Strategies for Youth Impacted by Opioids (Project Sites): This category supports youth mentoring organizations that have a demonstrated partnership (via a memorandum of understanding) with a public or private substance abuse treatment agency. The focus is to provide mentoring services as part of a prevention, treatment, and supportive approach for those youth impacted by opioids. Priority considerations include:

  • Target population: The priority target population must include those youth impacted by opioids. This includes youth who are currently using or have used opioids, youth at high risk for using opioids (i.e., presence of individual, family, and community risk factors for substance abuse), and youth with family members who are currently using or have used opioids. The goal of the mentoring and supportive services is to help prevent the youth from using opioids in the first place, ensure that youth who have used opioids are successful in their recovery efforts, and provide support and guidance to youth with family members who are currently using or have used opioids.
  • Demonstrated partnership: Applicants must have established a formal relationship with a public or private substance abuse treatment agency. Evidence of this formal relationship must be a fully executed memorandum of understanding between the agencies, and can be established specifically in response to this funding opportunity. However, agencies demonstrating existing relationships with a substance abuse treatment agency will receive priority consideration.
  • Rural communities: Priority will be given to applicants that target services to youth in rural communities across the country.

Category 5—Statewide and Regional Mentoring Initiative for Youth Impacted by Opioids: This category will support a more broad-based approach to building mentoring program capacity in targeted regions throughout the country to help youth impacted by opioids. Support will be provided for statewide or regional approaches to expanding mentoring services for these targeted youth. This may include states providing subgrants to mentoring organizations in particular regions (especially rural communities), tribes supporting various mentoring programs operating throughout a reservation, and national organizations funding active chapters or subrecipients in specific regions across the country (especially rural communities) with demonstrated high levels of opioid abuse. Priority considerations include:

  • Target population: The priority target population must include those youth impacted by opioids. This includes youth who are currently using or have used opioids, youth at high risk for using opioids (i.e., presence of individual, family, and community risk factors for substance abuse), and youth with family members who are currently using or have used opioids. The goal of the mentoring and supportive services is to help prevent the youth from using opioids in the first place, ensure that youth who have used opioids are successful in their recovery efforts, and provide support and guidance to youth with family members who are currently using or have used opioids.
  • Rural communities: Priority will be given to those applicants that target services to youth in rural communities across the country.

Amount: Varies by category:

  • Category 1 – National Mentoring Programs: Not stated; applicants should request an award amount that covers the entire proposed project period and be based on the cost of implementing the proposed program. The period of performance may be for up to 3 years. Up to five awards will be made in this category.
  • Category 2 – Multistate Mentoring Programs: Applicants that meet the minimum requirement of having active chapters or subawardees in at least five states may request as much as $2,000,000; and those applicants that demonstrate the broadest reach may request as much as $4,000,000. The period of performance may be for up to 3 years. Twelve awards will be made in this category.
  • Category 3 – Mentoring Programs for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System: Awards range up to $500,000 for a period of performance of as long as 3 years. Nine awards will be made in this category.
  • Category 4 – Mentoring Strategies for Youth Impacted by Opioids (Project Sites): Awards range up to $500,000 for a period of performance of as long as 3 years. Nine awards will be made in this category.
  • Category 5: Statewide and Regional Mentoring Initiative for Youth Impacted by Opioids: Awards range up to $1,250,000 for a period of performance of as long as 3 years. Six awards will be made in this category.

Eligibility: Varies by category:

  • Category 1 – National Mentoring Programs: National organizations, defined as organizations that have active chapters or subawardees in at least 45 states.
  • Category 2 – Multistate Mentoring Programs: Multistate organizations, defined as organizations that have operated an established mentoring program for at least 3 years and have active chapters or subawardees in at least 5 states but fewer than 45 states.
  • Category 3 – Mentoring Programs for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System: Private organizations (nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations, including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations). Applicants must, at the time of application, have operated an established mentoring program for at least 1 year and have a demonstrated partnership (via a memorandum of understanding) with a public agency legally responsible for handling juvenile crime and delinquency in a state, tribe, city, or county.
  • Category 4 – Mentoring Strategies for Youth Impacted by Opioids (Project Sites): Private organizations (nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations, including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations). Applicants must, at the time of application, have operated an established mentoring program for at least 1 year and have a demonstrated partnership (via a memorandum of understanding) with a public or private substance abuse treatment agency.
  • Category 5 – Statewide and Regional Mentoring Initiative for Youth Impacted by Opioids: National organizations, states (including territories), and federally recognized tribal governments.

Eligible applicants must provide mentoring services to youth who are 17 years old or younger at the time of admission to the program. An organization that applies for funding in Category 1 may also be eligible to apply for Category 5, but is ineligible to apply for funds in Categories 2, 3, and 4. An organization that applies for funding in Category 2 may also apply to receive funds in Categories 3 and 4.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=305143

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