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16.726 Juvenile Mentoring Program

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

AUTHORIZATION:

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, Section 288, as amended, Public Law 93-415, as amended; Public Law 94-503, 95-115, 96-509, 98-473, 100-690, and 102-586, 42 U.S.C. 5667c.
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To reduce juvenile delinquency and gang participation, improve academic performance, and reduce the dropout rate; through the use of mentors for at-risk youth.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

JUMP provides support for one-to-one mentoring programs for at-risk youth. An "at-risk youth" is, for purposes of this program, a youth who is at risk of educational failure or dropping out of school. A "mentor" is defined as an adult, 18 years or older, who works with an at-risk youth on a one-to-one basis, establishes a supportive relationship with the youth and provides the youth with academic assistance and exposure to new experiences which enhance the youth's ability to become a responsible citizen.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Local education agencies (LEA) or public/private nonprofit organizations. Both entities (LEA) or public/private nonprofit organizations must collaborate with the other to implement the program. Accordingly, each applicant has specified the nature of the relationship with either the school or school agency (if the applicant is a nonprofit) or with the nonprofit (if the applicant is a LEA).

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Local education agencies (LEA) and public/private nonprofit organizations.

Credentials/Documentation:   Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, and OMB Circular No. A-110 for Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Nonprofit Organizations.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   This program is eligible for coverage under E. O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or office designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the processes the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Application forms furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.

Application Procedure:   Applicants must submit a proposal to the Office of Justice Programs on Standard Form 424 (Federal Assistance Applications). The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure:   Upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs, a letter is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed by an authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.

Deadlines:   Published in program announcements, requests for applications.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   From 1 to 3 months.

Appeals:   Informal reconsideration by Administrator for assistance applicants; administrative hearings for assistance award terminations, SCE C.F.R. Pat. 18, 50 FR 28199, July 11, 1985.

Renewals:   None.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   Grants awarded under the JJDP Act do not require a cash match; except for construction projects, where the match is 50 percent on community-based facilities of 20 beds or less.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Under Title II, Part G of the JJDP Act, awards will be made for three years. Drawdowns are possible under a letter of credit.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Under Special Emphasis Grants, semi-annual progress and quarterly financial reports are required.

Audits:   All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.

Records:   Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds, and records related to the grant must be retained for three years.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   15-0405-0-1-754.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $14,833,489; FY 02 est $24,084,108; and FY 03 est $15,965,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:   Varies. For fiscal year 2000, up to $210,000 was awarded for a 3-year project period.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
In fiscal year 2001, more than 13,500 at- risk young people in 46 States were enrolled in mentoring programs to help keep them in school, away from drugs and off the streets. Since the program's inception, a total of 203 JUMP sites in 46 States and territories have been funded. In fiscal year 2000, OJJDP, which administers JUMP, selected 28 new sites through a competitive review process from a pool of 534 applicants. The programs share three goals: improved academic performance, reduced school dropout rates and prevention of delinquent behavior. JUMP mentors will be drawn from all walks of life. Many sites will recruit law enforcement officers. College students, senior citizens, military personnel, business people, doctors, lawyers, government employees and teachers will serve as mentors in other programs. Some programs emphasize tutoring and academics, others emphasize vocational counseling and job skills. Young people participating in the projects will be drawn from first grade through high school.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide is applicable.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   James Antal U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 514-1289

Web Site Address:  
https://ojp.gov/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

In fiscal year 2000, OJJDP awarded 28 grants to mentoring projects in school-based settings or private- nonprofit groups.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Specific criteria are applied that are related to the particular program areas under which projects are funded. The criteria are published in the Federal Register as part of the individual program announcements. Applications undergo a competitive peer review process as outlined in the OJJDP competition and Peer Review Policy 28 CFR Part 34.

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