OJJDP Mentoring Funds Boosted by $20 Million; $50 Million Also will Assist Children of Prisoners

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The fiscal 2010 omnibus spending bill signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 16 adds $20 million – for a total of $100 million – to the pool of funds available for competitive grants in a key mentoring program.

The White House had requested $80 million for the Youth Mentoring Grants program, which is run by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), but congressional appropriators boosted the total. They also added the requirement that the administration report within 60 days on the criteria and methodology it would use to award the grants. Lawmakers said . . .

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