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New Grants To Support Mentoring Efforts for At-Risk Youth

2/1/2001:   Over 2,500 at-risk young people in 20 states and Puerto Rico will receive one-on-one mentoring to help keep them in school and away from drugs and crime. More than $5.6 million in Justice Department grants will be distributed to programs at 28 sites through the Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP).

Research has demonstrated that mentoring keeps kids connected to a positive adult role model and develops strong and formative relationships. These are particularly important for children in the child welfare system. Children and youth who have mentors also tend to do better academically, have reduced drug and alcohol use, and display less aggressive behavior.

Volunteer mentors will include law enforcement officers, college students, senior citizens, military personnel, business people, clergy, doctors, lawyers, teachers, tribal leaders, and government employees. Prospective mentors can call a toll-free number, 1-877/Be-A-Mentor (1-877/232-6368), to receive a list of nearby JUMP sites and other mentoring programs that need volunteers.

CWLA encourages cooperation among our membersí programs and the new grantees in their communities or regions. Working relationships can be established among programs that have experience with mentoring and those wishing to begin or improve mentoring programs.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) selected the grantees through a competitive review of 534 applicants. Awards range from $190,000 to $210,000 over the next 3 years. A complete press release and listing of the JUMP grants may be accessed via the OJJDP website at

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