2013 Mentoring Best Practices Research

Funding Source: 
Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Award Ceiling: 
500 000
Eligible applicants are limited to states (including territories), units of local government (including federally recognized tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee. OJJDP welcomes joint applications from two or more eligible applicants; however, one applicant must be clearly indicated as the primary applicant (for correspondence, award, and management purposes) and the others indicated as co-applicants. The primary applicant for this solicitation must be the organization conducting and leading the mentoring evaluation or research. While the lead evaluator/primary applicant may partner with additional research and program sites through subrecipient relationships, the primary applicant must clearly be the entity with primary responsibility for conducting the research or evaluation.

This program seeks to enhance what is understood about mentoring as a prevention and intervention strategy for youth who are at risk of involvement or already involved in the juvenile justice system. While mentoring appears to be a promising intervention for youth, more evaluation work is needed to further highlight the characteristics and components of a mentoring program that are most effective. Research is also needed to demonstrate the specific components of mentoring programs that have a significant impact in reducing juvenile delinquency and offending. This solicitation will fund research studies that will inform the design and delivery of mentoring programs. OJJDP expects that the results of this effort will encourage a more effective utilization of resources and enhance the implementation of evidence-based best practices for juvenile mentoring. This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating FY 2013 funds for the Department of Justice.

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