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Federal Funding for Mentoring: Past, Present & Future presented by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota; April 6, 2011; features panelist Joellen Gonder-Spacek. Part of monthly Quality In Action ...

Federal Funding for Mentoring: Past, Present & Future presented by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota; April 6, 2011; features panelist Joellen Gonder-Spacek. Part of monthly Quality In Action webinar series.

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  • Quality in Action
    Federal Funding for Mentoring: Past, Present & Future
    April 6, 2011
    Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
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    Webinar Logistics
    April Riordan, Director of Training and Community Partnerships
    Asking Questions & Sharing Comments During the Webinar
    “Raise your hand” & MPM Organizers will unmute you
    Or, type questions (and comments) in the question/answer section and submit; we will respond directly to you or possibly share your question with all attendees
    • When unmuted, please monitor your background noise
    Alicia Freeman, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow
    Recordings of past webinars are available on our Facebook page via the Files tab.
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    Overview
    Federal Funding
    Historical Context
    Sources
    Current Status of Federal Funding
    Considerations for Future
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    Elements of Effective Practice
    Develop a financial plan
    Develop a program budget
    Determine the amount of funding needed to start and sustain the program
    Identify and secure a diversified funding stream needed to start and sustain the program
    Determine the amount of time each funding source can be expected to provide resources
    Establish internal controls and auditing requirements
    Establish a system for managing program finances.
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    Why Support Sustained Federal Funding
    Without increased funding, mentoring organizations will never be able to recruit, train, and support all of the mentors necessary to bridge the mentoring gap.
    In a survey conducted of 1000 mentoring programs across the country, 78.8% admitted that fundraising is very or somewhat difficult for their program, and 53.8% of programs are concerned that they will have to shrink in size or end their operations due to lack of funding.
    Existing federal grant programs for mentoring competitively fund the highest quality applicants that demonstrate sound and effective mentoring plans and practices, and provide flexible grant funding to best address local needs. This funding promotes local control and rewards high quality and effectiveness
    Invest in the Future of America's Children: Support Funding for Mentoring
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    Joellen Gonder-Spacek
    Executive Director, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
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    Historical Context
    President Bush proposed elimination of Mentoring for Success funding and reduction in Mentoring of Children of Prisoners
    Obama proposes elimination of Mentoring for Success funding based on controversial school based mentoring study
    President Bush requested $450M over 3 years
    Depart. Of Education and Dept. of Health & Human Services
    Mentoring for Success Act-$50M
    Congress preserved $100M for Mentoring for Success & Children of Prisoners
    Obama preserves Children of Prisoners funding for $50M
    Secured $50M each for Mentoring for Success & Children of Prisoners
    Mentoring for Children of Prisoners Program-$50M
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    Forms of Federal Funding
    Contracts-between federal, state, & local gov’t and private or public agencies require provision of specified services & performance standards
    Formula or block grants-usually administered by states or localities & offers flexibility for program goals & needs
    Discretionary or project grants-fund targeted program activities from preventing juvenile delinquency to providing education enrichment. Competitive grant process and administered by federal agencies.
  • Sources of Federal Funding for Mentoring
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    CurrentStateof Federal Funding
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    Current State of Federal Funding
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    Current State of Federal Funding
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    Recommendations for Future Redesign of Public Funding
    Federal agencies invest only in evidence based best practices for youth mentoring
    Scientifically based resource tool to track mentor program outcomes
    Federal mentoring council representing all federal agencies investing in youth mentoring to establish progressive research agenda and common outcomes
    Creation of regional hubs or intermediaries to conduct research, disseminate funding, & provide TA and training best practices
    Expand deployment of AmeriCorp, SeniorCorp, and VISTA’s to support mentoring program quality & capacity
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    Resources
    Advocate for MentoringIn this section,
    you can learn about critical public policy issues
    facing mentoring and contact your members of
    Congress
    Contacting Your Legislators
    Legislative Process
    Other IssuesIn addition to efforts to increase funding for mentoring and streamline the criminal background check system, MENTOR works on other issues that can benefit mentoring or raise its profile
    No Child Left Behind
    Mentoring For All Act
    Mentors for Foster Care Youth
    House Mentoring Supports Form Caucus
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    Resources
    Fundraising Fundamentals for Mentoring Programsinteractive, problem-solving workshop designed to give you the skills, techniques and knowledge you need to sustain your mentoring program into the future. Written by Barbara E. Webster and produced by The EMT Group for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.
    Finding Resources to Support Mentoring Programs and Services for Youthoutlines three strategies to finance and sustain mentoring programs and services for youth and illustrates these options through state and community examples. Created by The Finance Project.
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    Other Resources
    This presentation & otherswww.slideshare.net/traininginstitute
    MPM Trainingwww.mpmn.org/traininginstitute
    Web sites & PDFswww.delicious.com/traininginstitute
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    Next Quality in Action Webinar
    May 4 - Mentor Program Evaluation
    This month's webinar will feature tips for mentoring program evaluation and a live demo of the Oregon Mentors Evaluation Instrument Toolkit, a collection of downloadable evaluation instruments, surveys, scales, and questionnaires designed to provide youth mentoring programs with increased access to reliable evaluation tools.  Panelists include Mike Garringer, Resource Advisor/Web Designer with the National Mentoring Center and Celeste Janssen, Program Manager with Oregon Mentors. 
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