CHEVY CHASE, Md., Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has increased funding from $3 million to $3.6 to National 4‑H Council in support of the 4‑H National Mentoring Program. The grant builds on 4-H's partnership with OJJDP to continue the national effort to strengthen, expand and implement youth mentoring activities. These mentoring activities provide meaningful relationships for thousands of youth classified as at-risk, high-risk, or underserved, including youth affected by the opioid epidemic. In addition, a new program, 4-H Health Rocks!® Mentoring Program, has been funded for $1.25 million.
These generous grants will provide funding to facilitate 4‑H mentoring programs in 38 states to keep kids safe, improve academic outcomes and prevent youth delinquency, whereas the 4-H Health Rocks!® Mentoring Program will provide mentoring to youth in rural Appalachia in an effort to prevent opioid abuse. These programs, led by Cooperative Extension and its network of 100 colleges and universities, were developed in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Children, Youth and Families at Risk Program which sparks innovation in community-based educational programs for children, youth, parents and families.
"Mentorship is an integral part of 4-H's science-backed youth development programming. With the support of caring mentors in a positive environment, young people are equipped with essential skills needed to succeed in life and career," said Jennifer Sirangelo, president & CEO, National 4-H Council. "This significant grant from OJJDP will enable 4-H to implement mentoring programs in underserved communities across the country and empower kids as they navigate today's quickly evolving world."
As of 2018, the 4-H National Mentoring Program has served more than 60,000 youth, resulting in significant outcomes in areas such as family relationships, perceptions of social support, and social competence.
4‑H, the nation's largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4‑H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4‑H is the youth development program of our nation's Cooperative Extension System and USDA and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4‑H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4‑H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.
SOURCE National 4-H Council