Justice Awards Millions in Mentoring Grants

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday announced the national juvenile mentoring grants: a total of $129 million that comes partially from Recovery Act money and partially from regular 2009 appropriations.

The winners list includes some new faces. One is Goodwill Industries of America, whom Youth Today recently said would be trying to do more work with young offenders. Another is YouthBuild USA.

The list is also absent a familiar name in mentoring: Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. A number of BBBSA affiliates won local mentoring grants, announced in August, but the parent organization received none of the national pie.

Here is a list of all recipients:

Recovery Act Grants

*The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Atlanta, GA ($44,400,000)

*Goodwill Industries International, Rockville, MD ($19,160,337)

*Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA ($17,829,110)

*National Association of Police Athletic Activities Leagues, Inc., Jupiter, FL ($3,700,000).

Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations

*Home Builders Institute, Washington, DC ($9,949,890)

*The Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation, Washington, DC ($9,093,440)

*YouthBuild USA, Somerville, MA ($8,840,914)

*Young Men's Christian Association, San Francisco, CA ($7,129,327)

*The Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC ($3,496,766)

*Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc., Lenexa, KS ($3,251,170)

*The Experience Corps, Washington, DC ($2,762,022).

Check JJ Today for a look at what grant winners are planning to do with the money.

  • jeanne stahlheber