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Achievement Mentoring

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A middle school, two-year intervention that uses small group meetings designed to reduce adolescent drug abuse and school failure among high-risk adolescents by enhancing school attendance, promptness, achievement, and discipline.

Achievement Mentoring would rely on grants and fundraising for financial support. In this case, funds would be needed primarily to pay the one-time start-up cost.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

Grant funding from departments of education and juvenile justice agencies at the local and state levels should be explored.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Discretionary Grants: Discretionary grants from a variety of federal agencies should be considered in support of the Achievement Mentoring Program. Department of Education grant opportunities are an obvious source. With its focus on youth behavior, Department of Justice grants should be explored, in particular those issued by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundation grants, particularly from foundations with a focus on educational achievement, juvenile justice and mentoring, would be excellent sources of funding for Behavioral Monitoring.

Generating New Revenue

Fundraising by a PTA as well as corporate giving should be considered as sources of start-up funding.

All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the purveyors of Achievement Mentoring at the Princeton Center for Leadership Training to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.