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OJJDP Distributing Funding for Mentoring Initiatives

3/22/2006:   Public agencies and private organizations are encouraged to apply by April 17 for funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) Mentoring Initiative for System Involved Youth. OJJDP established the program to support the development and enhancement of mentoring programs for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, reentry, and foster care. The initiative promotes collaboration among community organizations and agencies committed to supporting mentoring services for system involved youth.

State agencies, units of local government, public universities and colleges, and tribal governments, as well as secular and faith-based nonprofit organizations, are invited to apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:
  • Identify youth involved in the juvenile justice system, reentry, or foster care as the target population to be served.

  • Develop a four-year strategic plan or enhance an existing plan to provide mentoring services for such system-involved youth.

  • Identify mentoring as a principal program strategy to serve the target population, for example, in their mission statement.

  • Identify and demonstrate partnerships with organizations that will work collaboratively to provide mentoring services to their target populations.

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