Quarterly Meeting Summary
June 4, 2004
White House Conference Center
This Quarterly Meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention provided Council members
and the public with information on mentoring programs. The
Council heard presentations on mentoring programs managed by
the Mid-Atlantic Network for Youth and Family Services, the
Family and Youth Services Bureau (HHS), the Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Justice), and the Office
of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (Education). Practitioner members
of the Council offered feedback on the presentations about
federal mentoring programs. The Council reviewed the status
of action items from the March 19, 2004, Quarterly Meeting
and discussed and adopted a recommendation to establish a Council
Planning Team to help plan meetings, implement Council decisions,
and coordinate Council activities. A new Council member, Victor
Rodriquez, was sworn in.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
J. Robert Flores, Vice Chair, Coordinating Council
on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
For John P. Walters, Director, Office of National
Drug Control Policy
Tad Davis, Assistant Deputy Director, Demand Reduction
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
For Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor
Lorenzo Harrison, Administrator, Employment and Training
Administration, Office of Youth Services
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
For Roderick Paige, Secretary of Education
Deborah A. Price, Deputy Under Secretary, Office of Safe
and Drug-Free Schools
U.S. Department of Health and Human
For Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of Health and
Harry Wilson, Associate Commissioner, Administration on
Children, Families, and Youth
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
For Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing and
Donald P. Mains, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Housing and
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
For Michael J. Garcia, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement
Christopher Battle, Chief of Staff, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Corporation for National and Community Service
For David Eisner, Chief Executive Officer, Corporation
for National and Community Service
John Foster-Bey, Senior Advisor, Research and Policy Development
Bray Barnes, Attorney/Consultant, Toms River, NJ
Larry K. Brendtro, President, Reclaiming Youth, Lennox, SD
Adele Grubbs, Judge, Juvenile Court of Cobb County, Marietta, GA
Michael J. Mahoney, Vice Chair, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, Chicago,
Gordon A. Martin, Jr., Associate Justice, Massachusetts Trial Court, Brookline,
Victor Rodriquez, Chief of Police, McAllen Police Department, McAllen, TX
Welcome and Introductions
J. Robert Flores, Vice Chair, Coordinating
Council; Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Department
of Justice (DOJ)
Mr. Flores welcomed Council members and members of the public
to the Quarterly Meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention and thanked them for attending.
He also noted the presence of members of the media and acknowledged
their important role in informing the public about issues and
advances in juvenile justice.
The Council is a collaboration of a number of federal agencies,
not just representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Therefore, the site for each meeting rotates among the member
agencies. The June 2004 meeting was hosted by the White House
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and was held
at the White House Conference Center in Washington, DC . Mr.
Flores introduced Tad Davis with ONDCP.
Tad Davis, Assistant Deputy Director,
Demand Reduction, ONDCP
Mr. Davis welcomed participants on behalf of ONDCP Director
John Walters and extended greetings from Mr. Walters and Dr.
Andrea Barthwell, who are visiting high schools in Chicago
to observe firsthand local drug-testing programs and a media
event related to this year's "School's Out" initiative, which
is sponsored by ONDCP's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
Mr. Davis described two developments at ONDCP. President
George W. Bush has requested increased funding (from $2 to
$25 million) for the student drug-testing program, which will
allow more schools and children to participate. He also discussed
the ongoing media campaign to reach youth, parents, and guardians
with antidrug messages. Spanish-language versions of these
advertisements will soon be available in the United States
and Puerto Rico .
Introduction and Swearing in of New Member Appointed
by President George W. Bush:
Victor Rodriquez, Chief of Police, City of McAllen, McAllen, Texas
J. Robert Flores and Adele Grubbs, Judge of Superior Court, Cobb County,
Mr. Flores introduced Victor Rodriquez as a new member of
Mr. Rodriquez stated that he has worked in criminal justice
and law enforcement for more than 25 years, including 6 years
directing a parole agency. He expressed hope that his experiences
in South Texas, an area bordering Mexico with a large Hispanic
population, will help him contribute to the work of the Council.
Mr. Flores noted the current emphasis in juvenile justice
on prevention, not just punitive measures. Members of the Council
such as prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officers are
keenly aware of the need for prevention efforts. Mr. Flores
welcomed Mr. Rodriguez to the council.
Mr. Flores introduced Judge Adele Grubbs, who swore in Mr.
Review of Status of Action Items From March
19, 2004, Quarterly Meeting of the Coordinating
Timothy S. Wight, Director, Concentration of Federal
Mr. Flores introduced Timothy Wight, who led a discussion
reviewing the status of the action items from the March 19,
2004, Council meeting.
- School attendance/identifying programs. DOJ
identified the National Youth Courts Center and Big Brother
Big Sisters of America (BBBS) and the U.S. Department of
Education (ED) identified the state Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Program as programs that will include a future school attendance
goal. Remaining agencies are requested to identify similar
programs that their agencies work with and complete the charts
on pages 6 and 7 of the preread materials for the June 4,
2004, Council meeting, if appropriate. Lorenzo Harrison indicated
that DOL has reviewed the attendance goal. DOL discretionary,
not formula, grants can be and are used to address this issue.
- School attendance/identifying staff members. Mr.
Flores stated that the ED liaison will be named in the near
future and will provide input for each partner to identify
a staff member (not necessarily a member of the Council)
with substantive knowledge about school programs. For example,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture has more than 11,000 community-based
programs, such as 4Hand not just in farm areas.
These programs could work in concert with the school program
goals. In addition, ONDCP may know of additional programs
that could be involved. Mr. Flores stated that he would like
to see department liaisons identified within the next few
weeks. He also urged that members bring to his attention
any programs they know of, federal or otherwise, that could
help ED improve school attendance. Larry Brendtro suggested
that the Land Grant network is an untapped resource and that
Dr. John Seita speak to the Council in the future. Another
Council member noted that the Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) has some good programs that should be identified.
- Redundancy and Duplication in Federal Child Welfare
Programs. Mr. Flores stated that he, Wade Horn,
Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children
and Families (HHS), and Colien Hefferan, Administrator
for the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension
Service at the Department of Agriculture, testified on
this issue before the U.S. House Committee on Government
Reform on May 20, 2004 . The purpose of the hearing was
to gain an understanding of the wide range of federal agencies
and programs responsible for protecting and caring for
the nation's most vulnerable citizensabused and
neglected children. The Committee's primary interest was
to determine the extent to which overlap and duplication
among federal child abuse and neglect programs creates
inefficiencies and hinders overall effectiveness. These
representatives from HHS, DOJ, and the Department of Agriculture
spoke on behalf of the child abuse and neglect prevention
programs located within their agencies and outlined the
steps their agencies are takingboth ongoing and
new targeted funding and legislative initiativesto
strengthen child welfare and combat child abuse.
- Relinquishing custody to obtain mental health services. Don
Winstead, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy
(HHS), has organized an internal meeting with representatives
from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
and the Family and Youth Services Bureau, among others, to
discuss the issue of parents relinquishing custody of their
children who are in need of mental health services, as reported
in the GAO report Federal Agencies Could Play a Stronger
Role in Helping States Reduce the Number of Children Placed
Solely To Obtain Mental Health Services. Subsequently,
it is hoped that an interagency meeting will be held on this
- White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth. Council
members agreed at the March 19, 2004, meeting to address
12 recommendations in the Final Report of the White House
Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth (see page 9 of the preread
materials for the June 4, 2004, Council meeting for the list
of recommendations). The decision to determine priorities
for the 12 recommendations was postponed until the September
10, 2004, Council meeting.
- Calendar approval/future meetings. Mr.
Wight thanked HHS for hosting the March 19, 2004, meeting.
He announced that the next meeting will be held at the main
DOJ conference center in September 2004. The December 2004
meeting will be held at DOL.
Mr. Flores asked for members' comments on the agenda items.
- National conference on truancy. Mr. Flores
announced that DOJ and ED will host a national conference
on truancy and school attendance in December 2004. OJJDP
will contact Council members and other agencies to see what
role they want to have in the conference. The challenge is
to approach truancy from a broader perspectivenot
just with law enforcement strategies.
- Truants sent to court. Michael Mahoney,
Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, reported that more
and more truant children are sent to court. He would like
to query other states on how they deal with this compliance
issue. Mr. Flores responded by saying that states participating
in OJJDP's Formula Grants program should not be using detention
as a way of punishing status offenses. If a state is not
in compliance, formula grant funding from OJJDP may be at
- Children held within federal jurisdiction. Mr.
Brendtro reported that the South Dakota Coalition for Children
submitted written comments to the Council in response to
the Federal Register notice for the June 4, 2004,
meeting of the Council. The Coalition notes that the standards
of protection in confinement contained in the Juvenile Justice
and Delinquency Prevention Act are sometimes not applied
when children are held within federal jurisdiction, such
as Indian reservations and by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Mr. Flores said that the Council will include this as an
agenda item for the September 10, 2004 meeting.
Discussion of Recommendation To Establish Council
J. Robert Flores
Mr. Flores posed a challenge to the Council: How can it be
more effective between meetings? The establishment of a Council
Planning Team to help plan meetings, implement Council decisions,
and coordinate Council activities has been recommended. Attendance
by senior-level members of agencies at Council meetings is
critical, as is the followup work performed between meetings
by designated staff. Meeting agendas must reflect the needs
of all the member agencies.
Mr. Wight outlined the rationale and proposed
activities of the Council Planning Team. An interagency planning
team would ensure that representation from all Council agencies
is included in all Council decisions. Each member of the team
would brief their respective Council member regularly and prior
to meetings on Council activities, represent the agency in
planning the quarterly meetings, track Council decisions that
affect each agency to report status at future Council meetings,
and coordinate with other agencies on implementing council
decisions. The Council Planning Team member would need regular
and frequent access to the Council member, comprehensive knowledge
of agency programs that relate to the statutory mandates of
the Council, and the ability to attend Council Management Team
planning meetings one to two times a month in person or by
Mr. Wight called for comments and questions from
the members about the Council Planning Team recommendation.
- The group discussed the composition of the Council Planning
Team and the role of current Council members, including practitioner
members. Mr. Wight indicated that the individuals would need
to have knowledge of the Council, but not necessarily be
a Council member. Practitioner members could contribute by
suggesting topics to be addressed by the Council Planning
- Issues related to the number of meetings per month and
the staff time potentially needed to fulfill the responsibilities
of a position on the Team were raised. Mr. Wight explained
that the estimate of one to two meetings per month is the
maximum anticipated. The Team member might, for example,
attend a Team meeting after the Coordinating Council meeting
to discuss issues raised at that meeting, a Team meeting
the following month to plan agenda items for the next Council
meeting, and another Team meeting shortly before the next
Coordinating Council meeting to finalize the agenda and preread
Mr. Flores encouraged all members, including
practitioner members, to let him know what issues they want
on the agenda. He plans to meet individually with members to
learn about the issues important to each one. He also assured
members that Mr. Wight will share ideas and concerns with members
through more formal communications, such as written correspondence,
handouts, and electronic messaging. In addition, members should
feel free to reach out to all agencies directly and to Mr.
Flores and Mr. Wight.
Mr. Flores asked whether the group consented
to adopt this recommendation. After no objections were raised,
the recommendation to establish a Council Planning Team was
Introduction to Presentations on Coordinating Mentoring
J. Robert Flores
Mr. Flores opened the panel of presentations on the coordination
of mentoring programs in federal agencies by stating that federal
funding overall for building strong youth through mentoring
has increased. DOJ has more than 200 successful mentoring programs
across the nation through Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP)
grants. In addition, the National Mentoring Center, Big Brothers
Big Sisters (BBBS), and new faith-based mentoring programs
are supported by OJJDP. (The faith-based initiative funds faith-based
organizations to recruit their members to develop new programs
and work with existing mentoring programs.) President Bush's
budget for FY 2004 contains significant funding for mentoring
programs in HHS and ED.
BBBS, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, has
approximately 250,000 active mentors across the United States
and has set a goal of 1 million mentors for the future. Large
unmet needs still exist, and bringing ED and HHS to the table
will help to meet these needs and expand the pool of adults
who will work with youth.
OJJDP worked with ED and HHS to gather mentoring programs
currently funded by the three agencies and has identified 350
mentoring programs. Mr. Flores directed attention to a wall
map, which displayed the locations of these mentoring programs
and illustrated the need for mentoring programs in rural areas.
The potential exists, however, to reach into every community
through schools, hospitals, and other local organizations.
In addition, many agencies represented on the Council have
facilities across the country, and the Council could help leverage
support for initiating mentoring programs in those facilities.
Presentation: Empowering and Partnering With Youth
Megan Klein, Training and Technical Assistance
Specialist, Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth and Family Services
Mr. Flores introduced Megan Klein of the Mid-Atlantic Network
for Youth and Family Services, an organization that works with
other youth-service agencies.
Previously, Ms. Klein has worked for direct service providers
for youth and has learned from those experiences that mentoring
relationships and programs that promote positive youth development
usually include two critical components: empowerment and partnership.
Empowerment means providing opportunities for young people
to improve their own lives and solve their own problems. Partnership
means that mentoring is a two-way, give-and-take relationship
in which each partner learns from the other.
Ms. Klein has observed that mentoring programs funded by
the Family and Youth Services Bureau (HHS) involve young people
in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all their
programs. In addition, AmeriCorps, which works with young people,
includes mentoring in every program and places youth on its
proposal review panels. These are only two examples of how
federal and other agencies can empower and partner with youth
to provide opportunities for youth to make a difference.
Presentation: Mentoring Programs of the Family and
Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services
and Youth Program Specialist, HHS
Ms. Darensbourg informed the Council that the Family and
Youth Services Bureau awarded 52 grants of $60,000$525,000
to community- and faith-based organizations to serve children
of incarcerated parents in federal or state facilities. This
year, $40 million in new grants and $10 million in continuation
grants were made available. The goal of this program is to
place 100,000 children ages 4 to 15 in one-on-one mentoring
relationships with caring adults in the community. Studies
have shown that mentoring reduces substance abuse and increases
Volunteer mentors are recruited through community- and faith-based
organizations and community partnerships and then screened
and trained. Grantees are required to obtain 1-year commitments
from mentors to spend at least 1 hour per week with the children,
use a "positive youth development" approach within the relationship
(working with their strengths), and coordinate with partnering
groups to develop a plan for the whole family regarding reentry
In this grant program, youth are represented on application
review panels, and applicants are asked to include youth in
the design and assessment of the program.
The Family and Youth Services Bureau held two grantee conferences
for peer-to-peer learning and is beginning to provide training
and technical assistance to grantees. The Bureau also sponsors
a mentor exchange listserv, where mentoring organizations can
share information, ideas, and resources. The contract to evaluate
the national program was recently awarded to Abt Associates.
Ms. Darensbourg suggested two actions that the Council can
take to coordinate mentoring programs among agencies: (1) provide
a mechanism for training and technical assistance providers
across agencies to share experiences, resources, and data and
(2) connect grantees at the local level so they can share resources.
Presentation: Overview of Juvenile Mentoring Program
Eric Stansbury, Social Science Program
Mr. Stansbury noted that OJJDP has been at the vanguard of
mentoring for a number of years and he is delighted that others
are joining the effort. He explained that mentoring originally
was considered an intervention program and is now considered
to be preventive, bringing together law enforcement, social
services, and other community resources.
Since 1994, OJJDP's Juvenile Mentoring Program
(JUMP) has funded 299 sites in 48 states and territories to
recruit, screen, and train volunteers; identify at-risk youth;
and obtain a 1-hour-per-week commitment from mentors. JUMP
is no longer funded.
The National Mentoring Center is funded by OJJDP to provide
training and technical assistance to grantees, including new
grantee training, cross-site training, and peer-to-peer training.
Training and technical assistance are important to the success
of JUMP because they provide opportunities for grantees to
learn from one another and share their experiences. Mentoring
programs have higher turnover rates than most types of prevention
programs, making training a very important component and the
Center an important resource.
The Center has developed a structured protocol on the case
management approach; has developed and distributed more than
100,000 copies of printed materials on such topics as fundraising
and sustainability, program evaluation, and special populations;
and maintains a mentor exchange and a Web site that contains
more than 10,000 technical assistance reports and 170 links.
Presentation: National Evaluation of JUMP
Elizabeth Mertinko, Senior Analyst, Information
The Casey Foundation recently released data from the Kids
Count program: 15 percent of the nation's children (3.8 million)
say they are disconnected. This finding illustrates the need
for and importance of mentoring. In 1996, Information Technology
International was awarded a contract to conduct a process and
outcome evaluation of JUMP.
The projects assessed as part of the JUMP evaluation represented
a broad spectrum of mentoring models, target audiences, age
ranges, and levels of risk, among other factors. Some grantees
were large national organizations, such as Big Brothers Big
Sisters of America, and some were local community-based organizations.
Challenges revealed by the study include recruiting adequate
numbers of mentors (especially minority male mentors), maintaining
mentoring matches beyond 6 to 9 months, and identifying same
race/same gender matches.
The Problem Oriented Screening Instrument for Teenagers (POSIT),
developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, was used
to assess the degree to which JUMP youth demonstrated changes
in risk levels. Significant reductions in risk were found in
three domains: aggressive behavior/delinquency, mental health,
and peer relationships. A meta-analysis examined pre-JUMP and
post-JUMP levels of risk across projects to differences, if
any, across project types: 77 percent of projects had positive
effect sizes (indicating reduced risk) on aggressive behavior/delinquency,
82 percent on mental health, and 70 percent on peer relationships.
JUMP had a measurable, positive impact on at-risk children.
When surveyed, many of the children responded that they were
happy with their mentors, enjoyed the experience, and felt
that the mentors had a positive impact on their lives.
Although some JUMP projects had few resources, including
little existing infrastructure at startup, many projects have
continued beyond the grant period. Some now receive funding
through ED or HHS, which demonstrates that JUMP was able to
help these communities develop the infrastructure they needed.
Presentation: Mentoring Programs of the U.S. Department
of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Deborah A. Price, Deputy Under Secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
The U.S. Department of Education's first mentoring program
was awarded in 2002, with additional funds added each year
since then. In January 2004, President Bush announced a new
3-year mentoring program funded for $300 million that seeks
to involve 1 million students. This program targets disadvantaged
middle school youth (grades 48) through school-based
programs. The funding for FY 2004 mentoring programs is approximately
$50 million, including new awards, continuing awards, and training
and technical assistance. Funding requested for FY 2005 is
approximately $100 million. Programs must be school-based,
and mentors must be volunteers.
ED's mentoring programs focus primarily on academic achievement,
improving school attendance, reducing the dropout rate, and
building and maintaining long-term interpersonal relationships.
Goals for the program include providing general guidance; promoting
personal and social responsibility; increasing participation
in, and enhancing the ability to benefit from, elementary and
secondary education; discouraging illegal use of drugs and
alcohol, violence, use of dangerous weapons, promiscuous behavior,
and other criminal, harmful, or potentially harmful activity;
encouraging participation in community service and community
activities; encouraging setting goals and planning for the
future, including graduation from secondary school and planning
for postsecondary education or training; and discouraging involvement
The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is developing a
training and technical assistance center to ensure that funded
programs receive assistance, as appropriate, in the management
and implementation of their projects and to ensure their capacity
to sustain their efforts over time. Other methods of providing
training and technical assistance include a new grantee orientation
meeting at the beginning of the grant period, a national conference,
technical assistance/monitoring visits, a mentor listserv,
biannual conference calls, and annual performance reports.
Mentoring programs must have a strong evaluation plan that
includes various measures of accountability. The evaluation
plan will focus on three performance indicators: the length
of the mentoring relationship, improved academic performance,
and improved school attendance.
Note: The grant application for FY 2004
funding ($50 million) was posted in the Federal Register on
Friday, May 28, 2004, for 40 days.
Feedback From Practitioner Members of the Council
on Mentoring Presentations
J. Robert Flores
Mr. Flores asked the practitioner members of the Council
their thoughts on the mentoring programs presented by HHS,
DOJ, and ED.
- "Universal design" of mentoring training. Mr.
Brendtro discussed how mentoring taps people's natural ability
to build relationships. Establishing longer time goals in
grant programs is positive, but some youth have a hard time
building relationships. Professionals in the field (including
those in his organization, Reclaiming Youth) should ask,
What characteristics make a mentor effective? What connects
the mentor to the child? Even if a relationship is brief,
like therapy, what can be done quickly? The short amount
of time should be used to build a bond to respond to the
child's needs. Mr. Brendtro's group is creating universal
design systems, which originated in the field of architecture.
Science-based research should guide a universal design of
mentoring training. All mentoring programs have common goals:
connecting with youth, helping them clarify their problems,
and helping them fix those problems. These unified goals
will keep numerous organizations from trying to "reinvent
the wheel" and will prevent poorly trained volunteers from
entering mentoring relationships with children they are not
equipped to help. Mr. Flores asked in response, Should federal
agencies collaborate on the science? Should we explore how
to do this? What is our action item? Mr. Brendtro replied
that federal agencies should collaborate on the science and
that the Council should ask, How can we hone the most powerful
tools to make mentoring work? It was suggested that a conference
be held for Council members' technical assistance providers
to discuss the state of the science on such topics as small-dose
- Change in target audience for mentoring programs. Council
members discussed the change in the target audience of the
program from K through 12th grade to 4th through 8th grade,
thus eliminating high school students. It was noted that
research shows that
youth older than 15 do not bond as well with mentors; they
prefer to work with peers and coaches.
- Partnerships with existing organizations that
serve youth. The three federal mentoring efforts
could build partnerships with national youth-serving organizations
that already exist, such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club,
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Catholic Youth Organization.
These organizations already have volunteers working with
youth, who could join local mentoring programs and receive
needed training and other services. Mr. Flores stated that
one of the goals of the Council's mapping effort is to
link local groups to enlarge the volunteer base. More ideas
are needed about how to involve national organizations,
how to get the word out, and how to encourage collaboration.
Additional organizations that could be tapped to help the
Council address some of these challenges include 100 Black
Men, Concerned Black Men, and the Village Foundation.
- Involving former offenders. The Council
discussed the potential role of former offenders and former
gang members to enlarge the pool of minority male mentors.
Background checks are required to protect children's safety.
Although ex-offenders may not be appropriate as mentors,
they can be a valuable resource when, for example, serving
as speakers and moderators in small group settings. They
also help minimize the stigma of former offenders being role
models. What is done with the information gained from background
checks is important as well.
- Sharing grantee histories among agencies. Mr.
Flores asked whether federal agencies should consider it
a strength or weakness if an applicant receives federal dollars
from other grant programs. Would it be helpful to create
a mechanism to share information among agencies about an
agency's successor lack of successin managing
a federal grant? How can the Council explore this possible
In the U.S. Department of Education, the history of an ED
(but not another agency) grantee is available by computereach
agency has its own computer system. Timeframes are tight, and
2,000 applications must be reviewed to award 200 grants; therefore,
there is no time to coordinate with other federal agencies.
The group discussed adding a question to grant applications
about the applicant's history of receiving other federal sources
of funding. Because ED focuses on new grantees and encourages
novices to apply, such a question could be a deterrent. The
possibility of applicants submitting false information would
require a time-consuming process to verify its accuracy. Although
the question could be phrased carefully to overcome some of
these problems, issues of fiscal ineptness and competency remain.
Mr. Flores asked that the group consider two suggestions:
(1) Could a sample of applications be fully vetted by a contractor
6 months after an award is made, when the contract is signed?
(2) Are there areas where we can help each other? Can we bring
together staff who are working on mentoring programs and pool
ideas for the next grant cycle (FY 2006)? Mr. Flores asked
for ideas on how the Council and its staff can help streamline
the process and find existing programs.
- The end of JUMP funding. In response
to a question about the status of JUMP funding, Mr. Flores
stated that although the JUMP funding flow has ended, the
mentoring programs have not. OJJDP will continue to provide
training and technical assistance through the life of the
award. JUMP grantees also can apply for ED and HHS grants,
and JUMP grantees may apply for OJJDP block grant and formula
funding through state advisory groups. OJJDP has a small
program to test mentoring for children with siblings in detention.
OJJDP will continue to work with BBBS and is looking at an
antigang program for funding. JUMP grantees also can compete
for new HHS and ED funding, which will total more than $100
million, compared with $15 million in the past.
J. Robert Flores
Mr. Flores stated that substantial positive action is occurring
regarding the involvement of private support for mentoring
across the country, even though it is hard to cull from the
numbers anecdotally. Mentoring has a real impact on children.
The No Child Left Behind program needs mentoring. We need to
do better job of showing the impact of current programs. We
know that the continuation of funding is important: President
Bush, Attorney General Ashcroft, and Secretary Thompson (HHS)
have talked about this. However, a lot of programs and resources
exist that are not on the mentoring map, such as the Boy Scouts
and Girl Scouts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition
Mr. Flores opened the floor to members of the public.
- Herb Drake, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (AFT):
The AFT's GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training)
program works, but the concern today is the reduction in
program funding. Congress and the administration are not
hearing the good results at the local level, and cuts continue
to be made.
- Joyce Thomas, Center for Child Protection and Family Support,
Washington, DC : The Center for Child Protection and Family
Support was an original JUMP project. Ms. Thomas has firsthand
experience regarding the success of mentoring and the impact
on children's lives. Although her organization no longer
receives federal funds, the mentoring program has continued.
Technical assistance from JUMP helped create a viable, ongoing
program. A need exists for coordination at the local and
federal levels; she asked how local agencies can learn about
- Toby Smith, practitioner, Charleston, SC : The federal
grant process intimidates people at the local level. Federal
agencies are encouraged to keep the process simple and applicant-
friendly. Adding a question to the application about the
applicant's history of receiving other federal sources of
funding is problematic. Community centers are natural alliesreach
out to them and faith-based communities are primed to get
involved. They should be approached at the national level.
Mr. Flores thanked the Council members and participants for
attending and adjourned the meeting.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services
Dawn Aldridge, Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
Diane Badgley, Program Specialist
Diane McCauley, Research Analyst
Bryan Williams, Program Analyst
Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Earl Myers, Program Specialist
U.S. Department of Health and Human
Sonia G. Chessen, Special Assistant
Administration for Children and Families
Rayanne Darensbourg, Family and Youth Program Specialist
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
Herb Drake, Chief
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Betty Chemers, Chief, Evaluation Division
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Nelson Hernandez, Director, Community Capacity Development
Bob Samuels, Acting Director, Office of Weed and Seed
Catherine Sanders, Public Affairs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Eric Stansbury, Social Science Program Specialist
Timothy S. Wight, Director, Concentration of Federal Efforts Program
U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Cheryl Neverman, Program Manager
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Javier Cordova, Policy Analyst
Dr. Patrick G. Aaby, Director of Government Affairs,
Channing Bete Company
Chantal G. Bromage, Graduate Student Intern, National Center for State Courts
Doris A. Carroll, Executive Director, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Jose Dimas, Legislative Representative, National Center for State Courts
Dawn Eslinger, Project Director, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Dr. William L. Howard, Assistant Administrator, Maryland Judiciary
Megan Klien, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Mid-Atlantic Network
of Youth and Family Services
Marion Mattingly, Editor, Juvenile Justice Update
Elizabeth A. Mertinko, Senior Analyst, Information Technology International
Dana P. Mills, President, Kids LEAD, Inc.
Laurence C. Novotney, President, Information Technology International
Ottoniel Perez, Program Manager, Bureau of Rehabilitation, Inc.
Mary Poulin, Project Manager, Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center, Justice Research
and Statistics Association
Miriam A. Rollin, Federal Policy Director, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
Jessica A. Sandoval, Juvenile Justice Policy Coordinator, Center for Youth
Tiana J. Sanford, Public Policy, Center for Youth as Resources, National Crime
Kia N. Scipio, Legislative Counsel, Committee on Human Services
Joseph J. Smith, Editor, CD Publications
Toby Smith, Consultant, 3 John 1:2 Strategies
Joyce N. Thomas, President/CEO, Center for Child Protection and Family Support,
Dennis L. White, Research Analyst, Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community
Roxanne J. Williams, President, Urban Ed, Inc.