Intensive Gang Prevention Youth Mentoring project
The Youthline Outreach Mentorship Program received a three-year Federal Grant Award of $453,910 for the period of January 2010 through September 2012 for an Intensive Gang Prevention Youth Mentoring project. The grant is funded by the United States Department of Justice Programs' Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
MPRB staff will coordinate and manage an intensive mentoring program in north Minneapolis neighborhoods (Folwell, Hawthorne, Jordan and McKinley) with community partners. The program will develop long-term relationships between positive community adults and youth to support the youths’ growth and development, strengthen community connections, reduce participation in risk behaviors, and help youth develop and pursue personal, educational and professional goals.
“This grant award recognizes the important role parks and community centers play in the lives of gang affected youth. For the past 18 years, Youthline outreach mentors have provided safe places, sound developmental activities and caring relationships in Minneapolis neighborhoods. With this grant, we’ll go deeper and stronger,” said Richard Mammen, Director of MPRB Community Recreation Services.
The grant is among more than $26 million given to programs around the country that target mentoring initiatives for foster care children, gang prevention, and programs designed to give a second chance to juvenile offenders who are transitioning back into their communities. The grants are awarded to support organizations in developing, implementing and expanding youth mentoring activities.
Youthline works with teens ages 12-16 to develop leadership skills, foster positive self-esteem, and provide positive mentoring relationships through programs and activities at parks and community agencies.