The purpose of the project was to develop and fund a peer mentoring program for at-risk young adults attending Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC). After conducting a comprehensive review of the literature examining risk factors and the most effective interventions programs for at-risk young adults who have experienced social issues, the grant writer proposed implementing a locally-based peer mentoring program. This project will match at-risk young adults currently attending LACC with caring peer mentors to support a 10-month peer mentoring relationship that will help these at-risk young adults to acquire key developmental assets that will lead to improved academic achievement, avoidance of negative outcomes, and lead to positive growth and development. A host agency was selected to implement the program. After searching public and private potential funding sources, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation was found to have an application for funding available, identified as closely aligned with the primary goals congruent with the mission of the host agency. A peer mentoring program for at-risk young adults includes social skills, self sufficiency, and confidence building. The bonding and interaction between peers and positive role models has been shown to be beneficial. The submission and/or funding of this grant were not a requirement for the successful completion of the project.
|Advisor:||Campbell, Venetta, Santhiveeran, Janaki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
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