March 6, 2009

Economic Stimulus Money for Mentoring?

There is great news from MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership. Read the announcement below to learn how SOME of the stimulus dollars will actually be put to very good use!

Economic Stimulus Package Includes Funding for Mentoring

March 5, 2009: When President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law February 17, it included $225 million in competitive grant funding through the U.S. Department of Justice for mentoring and other activities.

In the language of the final package, the measure provided $225 million for competitive, peer-reviewed grants to units of state, local and tribal government, as well as to national, regional and local non-profit organizations to "prevent crime, improve the administration of justice, provide services to victims of crime, support critical nurturing and mentoring of at-risk children and youth, and for other similar activities."

"The fact that Congress has continued to highlight mentoring as a solution acknowledges what we already know, that mentoring works," said Marian Heard, vice chair of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership. "Young people whose families have been and will continue to be hard hit by the economic crisis will need the help and guidance of a caring mentor more than ever. We are pleased that this funding will be available to ensure that more of our young people can be touched by the power of mentoring at this crucial time in their lives."

MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership has been working the last ten years to enhance the quality of mentoring, and to fight for this kind of funding. For more information on the economic stimulus money, as it becomes available, stay tuned to Mentor's website at

Check out Mentor's Find an Opportunity webpage to search for a mentoring opportunity in or near your zip code.

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