Grant: $125,000 - Department of Justice - Sep. 1, 2009
0% voted satisfied - 100% voted not satisfied - 1 vote(s) cast
Award Description: El Centro for the Study of Primary and Secondary Education proposes to develop Project Amigos, a community-based mentoring program developed in collaboration with San Manuel School District, Adelante Juntos Coalition, Sun Life Family Health Clinic, San Manuel Miner Newspaper, and Pinal County Sheriff?s Department. Project Amigos will serve at-risk youth in grades 7-10 from San Manuel Junior and Senior High Schools; the predominantly Latino youth report high levels of substance use, truancy, and disciplinary referrals and low academic achievement. Project Amigos will use the mentoring best practice developed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in addition to creating cultural identity by implementing the Compadrazgo Model. Progress will be conducted using Performance measures including those associated with the Recovery Act and the local youth mentoring program. In concert with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and in order to address the reduction in substance abuse, decrease truancy, to increase youth social skills and responsibilities and improve academic achievement, Project Amigos has identified the following goals and objectives. Goal 1: Preserving and creating jobs and promoting economic recovery Objective 1.1: Saving at least two FTEs due to Recovery Act funding Objective 1.2: Creating one full time or two part time jobs due to Recovery Act funding Objective 1.3: Maintaining and creating three different services as a result of Recovery Act funding, including tutoring, counseling, and providing substance abuse prevention services. Objective 1.4: Increase 10% of collaborative partnerships as a result of Recovery Act funding to avoid reduction of essential services to needy youth. Goal 2: Each year, Project Amigos, a community-based mentoring program, will serve 25 at-risk or high-risk students in grades six through ten at San Manuel Junior and Senior High Schools. Objective 2.1: To recruit, train, and retain 25 adults each year to serve as mentors from the mining communities. Objective 2.2: To recruit and mentor 25 at-risk or high-risk youth each year from San Manuel Junior and Senior High Schools. Objective 2.3: To establish and maintain 25 one-to-one mentoring relationships for at least a 12 month time period that will have a positive influence on adolescent development. Goal 3: Project Amigos will help to reduce alcohol and drug use, the number of unexcused absences, and disciplinary referrals while increasing academic achievement of at-risk and high-risk mentees. Objective 3.1: To reduce the past 30-day use of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine among youth participating in the mentoring program by 10% as measured by pre/post-tests. ? Objective 3.2: To increase the attendance rate of mentees by 10% each semester as reported by San Manuel Junior and Senior High Schools. Objective 3.3: To decrease the number of disciplinary referrals received by mentored youth by 10% each semester as reported by San Manuel Junior and Senior High Schools. Objective 3.4: To increase by one letter grade the academic achievement of mentees in core academic subjects each semester. Goal 4: Project Amigos will promote Hispanic culture in the community to help mentees and mentors to reinforce positive cultural pride and create positive norms regarding substance abuse, value of education and social responsibility. Objective 4.1: To require all of mentor-mentee pairs to attend and participate in at least one alcohol and drug-free community-wide cultural celebrations sponsored by the Adelante Juntos Coalition (AJC) each year. Objective 4.2: To develop alcohol and drug-free culturally appropriate mentoring rites of passage such as initiation and graduation ceremonies. Objective 4.3: To sponsor an annual ?Mentoring Day? to celebrate the mentoring relationships established.
Project Description: 1 Announced grant award to community via press release in local newspapers. 2. Placed personal recruitment advertisements in local newspaper for the Project Coordinator and Project Assistant positions. 3. Mailed a letter announcing the grant award and information about Project Amigos to individuals interested in becoming mentors as a means of recruitment. 4. Mailed a letter announcing the grant award and Project Amigos program information to parents of local students in an effort to begin recruitment of potential mentees.
Jobs Summary: Retained: 1 Project Director job saved. .20 Evaluator job saved. New: 1 Project Specialist job created. (Total jobs reported: 3)
Project Status: Not Started
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