Funding for Mentoring Programs

Federal Funding Sustains and Helps to Expand Quality Programs

Legislative Update:

The U.S. House and Senate have completed work on funding for Fiscal Year 2015 including a small increase for the youth mentoring grants managed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the Department of Justice. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 approves $1.014 trillion to fund the government for the remainder of FY15 and avoided a second government shutdown in as many years. President Obama signed the bill into law on December 15, 2014. 

The so-called omnibus appropriations bill approved $90 million for the Youth Mentoring Program at OJJDP. This is an increase over the FY14-approved level of $88.5 million. MENTOR, along with a number of national mentoring organization partners encouraged the House and Senate to increase funding for mentoring at OJJDP and grow opportunities for more quality mentoring matches across the country.

In the 114th Congress, MENTOR will be working with a bipartisan group of legislators on a strategic effort to increase federal investment in quality youth mentoring. In April 2015, MENTOR and over 30 youth-serving organizations signed letters to Congress requesting an increase in the OJJDP youth mentoring grant program. This year, the mentoring community is calling on Congress to increase funding from $90 million to $120 million. OJJDP’s Youth Mentoring Grant program is the only remaining federal grant exclusively funding quality youth mentoring efforts. Read MENTOR’s signed letters of support:  

Increase OJJDP Youth Mentoring Grants Funding (House of Representatives)

Increase OJJDP Youth Mentoring Grants Funding (Senate)

Additional resources:

Mentoring: An Investment in Positive Youth Outcomes

Snapshot: Youth Mentoring Research and Outcomes