Quality In Action - April 2011


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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 webinar series.

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Quality In Action - April 2011

  1. 1. Quality in Action<br />Federal Funding for Mentoring: Past, Present & Future<br />April 6, 2011<br />Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Webinar Logistics<br />April Riordan, Director of Training and Community Partnerships<br />Asking Questions & Sharing Comments During the Webinar<br />“Raise your hand” & MPM Organizers will unmute you<br />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<br /><ul><li>When unmuted, please monitor your background noise</li></ul>Alicia Freeman, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow<br />Recordings of past webinars are available on our Facebook page via the Files tab.<br />2<br />2<br />2<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />Overview<br />Federal Funding<br />Historical Context<br />Sources<br />Current Status of Federal Funding<br />Considerations for Future<br />
  4. 4. 4<br />Elements of Effective Practice<br />Develop a financial plan<br />Develop a program budget<br />Determine the amount of funding needed to start and sustain the program<br />Identify and secure a diversified funding stream needed to start and sustain the program<br />Determine the amount of time each funding source can be expected to provide resources<br />Establish internal controls and auditing requirements <br />Establish a system for managing program finances.<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />Why Support Sustained Federal Funding<br />Without increased funding, mentoring organizations will never be able to recruit, train, and support all of the mentors necessary to bridge the mentoring gap. <br />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.<br />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<br />Invest in the Future of America's Children: Support Funding for Mentoring<br />
  6. 6. 6<br />Joellen Gonder-Spacek<br />Executive Director, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />Historical Context<br />President Bush proposed elimination of Mentoring for Success funding and reduction in Mentoring of Children of Prisoners<br />Obama proposes elimination of Mentoring for Success funding based on controversial school based mentoring study<br />President Bush requested $450M over 3 years<br />Depart. Of Education and Dept. of Health & Human Services<br />Mentoring for Success Act-$50M<br />Congress preserved $100M for Mentoring for Success & Children of Prisoners<br />Obama preserves Children of Prisoners funding for $50M<br />Secured $50M each for Mentoring for Success & Children of Prisoners<br />Mentoring for Children of Prisoners Program-$50M<br />
  8. 8. 8<br />Forms of Federal Funding<br />Contracts-between federal, state, & local gov’t and private or public agencies require provision of specified services & performance standards<br />Formula or block grants-usually administered by states or localities & offers flexibility for program goals & needs<br />Discretionary or project grants-fund targeted program activities from preventing juvenile delinquency to providing education enrichment. Competitive grant process and administered by federal agencies.<br />
  9. 9. Sources of Federal Funding for Mentoring<br />9<br />
  10. 10. 10<br />CurrentStateof Federal Funding<br />
  11. 11. 11<br />Current State of Federal Funding<br />
  12. 12. 12<br />Current State of Federal Funding<br />
  13. 13. 13<br />Recommendations for Future Redesign of Public Funding<br />Federal agencies invest only in evidence based best practices for youth mentoring<br />Scientifically based resource tool to track mentor program outcomes <br />Federal mentoring council representing all federal agencies investing in youth mentoring to establish progressive research agenda and common outcomes<br />Creation of regional hubs or intermediaries to conduct research, disseminate funding, & provide TA and training best practices<br />Expand deployment of AmeriCorp, SeniorCorp, and VISTA’s to support mentoring program quality & capacity<br />
  14. 14. 14<br />Resources<br />Advocate for MentoringIn this section, <br />you can learn about critical public policy issues <br />facing mentoring and contact your members of <br />Congress<br />Contacting Your Legislators<br />Legislative Process<br />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<br />No Child Left Behind<br />Mentoring For All Act<br />Mentors for Foster Care Youth<br />House Mentoring Supports Form Caucus<br />
  15. 15. 15<br />Resources<br />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.<br />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.<br />
  16. 16. 16<br />Other Resources<br />This presentation & otherswww.slideshare.net/traininginstitute<br />MPM Trainingwww.mpmn.org/traininginstitute<br />Web sites & PDFswww.delicious.com/traininginstitute<br />16<br />
  17. 17. 17<br />Next Quality in Action Webinar<br />May 4 - Mentor Program Evaluation<br />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. <br />17<br />