New Mentoring Funding Opportunities

Five new funding opportunities released by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) offer support for the research, development, enhancement, and evaluation of new, existing, and expanding youth mentoring services.

High-Risk Youth Mentoring Research

Research has demonstrated that mentoring can be an effective prevention and intervention approach; however, certain moderators, or features, of mentoring programs tend to be associated with better effects. The High-Risk Youth Mentoring Research program will support research that investigates how a mentoring program’s design, underlying conceptual and theoretical framework, and key program elements may moderate and mediate mentoring program effectiveness for youth at high risk for delinquency. Applications for this program are due by May 12, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Sex Trafficking Initiative

The Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Sex Trafficking Initiative supports two categories of awards. Category 1 supports mentoring project sites to develop or enhance their mentoring capacity, facilitate outreach efforts, and increase the availability of direct services for child victims (younger than age 18) of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and domestic sex trafficking (DST), including children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Category 2 supports training and technical assistance to support the Category 1 project sites. Applications for this program are due by May 15, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

Multi-State Mentoring Initiative

This program supports the implementation and delivery of one-to-one, group, and peer mentoring services to at-risk, high-risk, or underserved youth populations through multi-state mentoring organizations and their chapters or subawardees. A multi-state organization has active chapters or subawardees in at least five states. This program also supports one or more enhancements of services to improve both access to and impact of mentoring services. Successful applicants should implement programs that will recognize and address the factors that can lead to or serve as a catalyst for delinquency or other problem behaviors in underserved youth. This program encourages the implementation of evidence-based practices that research and evaluations have demonstrated to be associated with the best results. Applications for the Multi-State Mentoring Initiative are due by May 27, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

National Mentoring Programs

This program supports the implementation and delivery of one-to-one, group, and peer mentoring services to at-risk, high-risk, or underserved youth populations through national mentoring organizations and their chapters or subawardees. A national organization has active chapters or subawardees in at least 45 states. This program also supports one or more enhancements of services to improve both access to and impact of mentoring services. Successful applicants should implement programs that will recognize and address the factors that can lead to or serve as a catalyst for delinquency or other problem behaviors in underserved youth. This program encourages the implementation of evidence-based practices that research and evaluations have demonstrated to be associated with the best results. Applications for this program are due by May 27, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

Practitioner-Researcher Partnership Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents Demonstration Program

Research has shown that having an incarcerated parent may present individual and environmental risks for youth and increase the likelihood of negative outcomes. Although mentoring has been shown to be an effective intervention for youth, more research is needed to understand how their unique needs are best supported through mentoring. The Practitioner-Researcher Partnership Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents Demonstration Program will support a practitioner-researcher partnership to develop and evaluate new mentoring practices to serve the needs of youth whose parents are incarcerated. Applications for this demonstration program are due by May 27, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.