Office of National Drug Control Policy

ONDCP Excel Sixth Row

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Support Mentoring Initiatives, Especially Among At-Risk Youth
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Mentoring can play a critical role in a child’s development. Data indicate that mentoring programs can help young people, including those with incarcerated parents or

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those who are children of alcoholics and/or drug users, by reducing their drug and alcohol use, improving their relationships and academic performance, and reducing the likelihood they will initiate violence. Multiple grant programs administered by the Departments of Health and Human Services and Justice provide services (both directly and in collaboration with local agencies) to strengthen and support children, especially those at higher risk of initiating substance abuse. For example, the Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative provides more than $45 million in funding to support the children of incarcerated parents through mentoring recruitment and support services. Additionally, DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which administers juvenile mentoring grants, will conduct a new mentoring training initiative in the current year.

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