Mentoring for Youth: Underserved Populations Grant Program

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Subject: Mentoring, Youth Welfare, Youth Services, Juvenile Justice, LGBTQ Youth, Mental Health
Deadline: June 16, 2015

"OJJDP is focusing this solicitation on the needs of the following underserved populations: youth with disabilities; youth in foster care; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth (LGBTQ). OJJDP is committed to promoting quality mentoring services and expanding the reach to as many youth across the nation as possible, including the underserved populations identified above. OJJDP defines underserved youth as those who demonstrate need but have not participated in consistently high-quality mentoring services due to location; shortage of qualified mentors; special physical or mental challenges; being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning; or other analogous situations that the community identifies. Youth with disabilities need a caring, trained, mentor to increase their protective factors and reduce their heightened risk for delinquency and victimization. One of the major challenges that youth in foster care often face is the lack of involvement of a consistent, caring adult in their lives. LGBTQ youth often face high-risk situations, such as bullying, and need a caring, understanding mentor. OJJDP will assist in establishing or expanding mentoring and support services for youth in these three underserved populations.

This solicitation offers three mentoring service program categories. Applicants must designate under which category they are applying and are not allowed to submit an application in more than one category:

  • Category 1 - Youth with Disabilities
  • Category 2 - Youth in Foster care
  • Category 3 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth

Applicants must discuss their capability and expertise with particular underserved populations and how their mentoring approach will best serve the unique and diverse needs of that population."

Funder: Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Eligibility: "Eligible applicants are limited to multistate mentoring organizations, defined as organizations/ agencies that can demonstrate a history of providing mentoring services through subawards in 5 or more states but fewer than 45 states for at least the past 3 years continuously through the present (see definition of subawards on page 12). These multistate mentoring organizations must also have demonstrated experience in working with the target populations of either youth with disabilities; youth in foster care; or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth."
Amount: Up to $500,000
Contact: Link.