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2019 Mentoring for Youth Impacted By Opioids in Rural Iowa

Grants to Rural Iowa Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and IHEs for Youth Mentoring Programs Related to Opioid Addiction

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Volunteer Iowa - Iowa Mentoring Partnership (IMP)

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12/14/18 3:00 PM CST


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Grants ranging from $50,000 to $60,000 per year to Iowa nonprofits, local and state agencies, K-12 schools, IHEs, and faith-based organizations to support youth mentoring programs in rural communities affected by opioid addiction. The sub-grants will have two overall mentoring program goals:

- Provide mentoring services that are tailored to the needs of the identified at-risk and high-risk youth target population and
- Develop and implement program design enhancements that further align with research and evidence on effective mentoring approaches.

The IMP Mentoring Project targets the critical need in rural Iowa to build protective factors for youth with risk factors for substance abuse, which includes youth affected by opioids.

Volunteer Iowa seeks applicants who are serving youth ages 6-17 in mentoring programs that are certified or will become certified through the Iowa Mentoring Partnership and who use best practices as defined in the Elements of Effective Practice for MentoringTM 4th Edition.

Target population:
The defined target population for this grant opportunity includes 6-17-year-old Iowa youth with risk factors for substance abuse, including opioids. This group also includes youth with family members who are currently using opioids, or have used them, and those with individual, family, and community risk factors for substance abuse. All youth served will demonstrate risk factors in their lives such as living in poverty, family members currently using or have used opioids, abuse or neglect, parental separation or divorce, poor academic performance, or poor social skills. Mentoring programs will use local referral sources, including schools, treatment centers, medical professionals, and law enforcement, to identify youth to be served.

Program activities:
Programs will provide one to one mentoring and group activities for mentor/mentee matches and will enhance match support for mentors, mentees, and parents, community engagement through volunteering and program activities. Mentors will meet with their mentees weekly for an hour minimum for at least 12 months.

Sub-grantees will implement these specific activities throughout the grant period:
- Support 25 youth matches affected by opioids to mentors annually
- Administer annual IMP pre-post survey on mentee pro-social skills
- Facilitate monthly match support with families and mentors
- Facilitate matches’ community volunteer engagement activities (2 annually)
- Facilitate mentee/mentor group activities (8 annually)
- Engage parents and families in group outings (2 organized annually)
- Attend the National Mentoring Summit annually
- Attend the Iowa Mentoring Summit/Nonprofit Summit annually
- Attend required sub-grantee trainings

About the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (Volunteer Iowa):
Volunteer Iowa’s mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. The staff provides technical assistance, support services and capacity-building resources to help organizations effectively utilize the time and talent of volunteers and national service members. The Iowa Mentoring Partnership (IMP), housed at Volunteer Iowa, certifies local youth mentoring programs and provides these high-quality programs with training opportunities, recognition awards, advocacy initiatives, and statewide marketing and media campaigns.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184862

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Number of Grants:

Volunteer Iowa will provide grant funding to as many as six IMP certified mentoring programs.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award amount ranges from $50,000 - $60,000 per year. Applicants may request $50,377. After the first year, sub-grantees will have the opportunity to renew the grant for two subsequent years, for a total of three project years.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from January 15, 2019 to September 30, 2021. The 2018 application is for a three-year grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are encouraged to apply: non-profit organizations, local governments, schools, and community and faith-based organizations.

Applicants must be currently providing mentoring services to youth affected by opioids and operating in a service area that is rural. Additionally, applicants must have a system for fiscal oversight and for tracking outcomes for youth and family in their programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Application: December 14, 2018, 3 pm CST
Award Announcement Date: December 31, 2018

Potential applicants are encouraged to apply to Volunteer Iowa through the grant management system called IowaGrants.

In addition to the required activities that the OJJDP sub-grantees are expected to conduct at the local level, there are expectations of the grantees to fully participate in statewide IMP activities. Each sub-grant recipient is expected to have a designated staff member fully participate in IMP trainings, the annual conference, webinars, events, and activities.

Volunteer Iowa staff and commissioners will evaluate submitted applications by considering the information submitted in the application narratives, including components of the demonstrated community need and the program design, the capacity of the identified organization to support the plans as outlined, whether it meets Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, and the program’s performance to-date in delivering youth mentoring programs.

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Program Director: Mary Sheka
Phone: (515) 348-6236

Program Officer: Nicole Quade
Phone: 515-681-7207

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USA: Iowa: Rural Communities