FY23 Government Funding Bill Increases Investment in Mentoring

By Caden Fabbi, Reprinted from MENTOR Thanks to this movement, the mandatory annual legislation that funds federal government programs signed into law this week includes significant investments that support the mentoring movement: The Youth Mentoring Program grant, managed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), will be funded at $107 million for […]

Tell Congress to Support House-Passed Funding for Youth Mentoring!

Help us help MENTOR in letting Congress know you support higher funding for the OJJDP Youth Mentoring Grant! Congress is moving forward on negotiating final funding levels for Fiscal Year 2020, including around proposed increases to the OJJDP Youth Mentoring Grant. The House and Senate have both advanced bills recommending $100 million and $97 million, […]

Funding Opportunity from OJJDP

Comprehensive School-Based Approach to Youth Violence and Victimization All applications are due by 11:59 PM EDT on May 20, 2019. This program supports a comprehensive effort to address youth violence and victimization through implementing evidence-based prevention, intervention, and accountability efforts in a school-based setting. For more information, click here. /// Opioid Affected Youth Initiative All applications […]

DOJ Updates: 2019 Fiscal Year Performance Budget

The DOJ 2019 Fiscal Year Performance Budget is released. While there is an overall 2.1% increase in DOJ funding, there is a 11.9% cut to NIJ’s budget. This demonstrated a redistribution of funding, moving away from research to more direct service programs, including areas such as opioid addiction recovery and school violence prevention. According to […]

New research recommends targeted approach to seeking donations

Posted to Futurity by Matthew Biddle Charities and nonprofits can increase engagement and revenue by suggesting the right donation levels, according to new research. Setting a low suggested amount increased the total number of donations, the study found. Conversely, setting a high default amount increased the average amount donors gave, but resulted in fewer contributions overall. […]

“Dear Colleague” Letter Calls for Investment in Youth Mentoring

Abbie Evans, Director of Government Relations, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership This week, Representative Frederica Wilson (FL-24) launched an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to support investments in quality youth mentoring. She circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter  asking her House colleagues to join her in writing Rep. John Culberson (TX-7),who chairs the committee that […]

Are you a mid-career researcher, practitioner, or policy maker? This grant might be for you.

Due Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 The William T. Grant Foundation’s Distinguished Fellows Program is accepting applications from researchers investigating how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved. Eligible applicants include: Influential mid-career practitioners Policy makers Researchers Learn more about this opportunity.  Funding Opportunities Category:

FORUM: Should we be devoting more time and resources to “natural” mentoring?

There has been a lot of research in recent years examining the role that “natural” mentors play in supporting children and adolescents, highlighting the ways in which these supportive adults help youth develop identity, succeed in school, overcome racism and other substantial challenges, and learn to ask for help throughout their lives. Researchers such as […]

Program Corner: Leveraging Mentoring through Innovation

Editors Note: Recently, Dare Mighty Things, Inc. ( assisted Prison Fellowship International ( in developing an international program for children of prisoners. The program model combines two evidence-based best practices: mentoring and international child sponsorship. The program is scalable and financially self sustainable with the potential to impact 500,000 children of prisoners around the world. […]