Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps

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Subject: Juvenile Justice, Youth Development, Youth Employment, Mentoring
Deadline: May 20, 2015

"This program is specifically targeting Opportunity Youth (economically disadvantaged individuals age 16-24 who are disconnected from school or work at least six months prior to service) that have been adjudicated in the juvenile justice system. This program will provide Disconnected Youth with the opportunity to participate in a national service program and provide them with meaningful mentoring while they are serving. Disconnected Youth is defined as individuals at least 17 but under 25 years old who have been adjudicated in the juvenile justice system, convicted in the criminal justice system, or have been identified as at risk of incarceration.

Grant funding and member slots will be awarded to successful applicants to enroll Disconnected Youth, specifically individuals who are at least 17 but under 25 years old who have been adjudicated in the juvenile justice system, convicted in the criminal justice system, or identified as at-risk of incarceration, to serve as AmeriCorps members. Recipients will also need to enroll additional members to provide mentoring and coaching to the Disconnected Youth members throughout their service. Programs should target recruitment of two distinct types of AmeriCorps members:

  1. Disconnected Youth who will be engaged in direct service to address a compelling community need. Disconnected Youth may serve as full-time or less than full-time members.
  2. Individuals who will have mentoring experience and/or applicable life experience to serve as mentors for Disconnected Youth.

In addition to providing direct service that addresses the community need, these AmeriCorps members will provide direct service as coaches and mentors to guide and to support the successful participation of the Disconnected Youth members in the program and position them for success after their service ends."

Funder: Corporation for National and Community Service
Eligibility:  "The following organizations are eligible to apply: public or private nonprofit organizations (including faith-based and other community organizations); institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); government-recognized veteran service organizations; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and Indian Tribes."
Amount: Unspecified
Contact: Link.