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16.726 Juvenile Mentoring Program
OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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.
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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Under Special Emphasis Grants, semi-annual progress and quarterly financial reports are required.
Account Identification: 15-0405-0-1-754.
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.
Regional or Local Office: None.
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.