The Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has awarded $129 million in grants for youth mentoring, reports USA Today. Funds awarded under the Recovery Act need to create jobs. The big surprise that Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which got $8.6 million in fiscal 2008, did not win a grant this time. “The thing about Big Brother Big Sisters is they are not as targeted on specific young people and this [solicitation] was,” said Chip Rich of YMCA of San Francisco, which got $7.1 million.
Among other winners: Boys and Girls Clubs of America got $44.4 million; Goodwill Industries International got $19.1 million; Public/Private Ventures of Philadelphia got $17.8 million, and the National Association of Police Athletic Activities Leagues got $3.7 million. Grants under the regular federal appropriations bill included Home Builders Institute, $9.9 million, Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation, $9 million, YouthBuild USA, $8.8 million, and YMCA San Francisco, $7.1 million.