Recently, 4-H announced that it received a $7 million grant from the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Office at the Department of Justice. This grant stems from the office’s efforts to strengthen and expand youth mentoring programs across the country. Such programs are critical to improving lives of underserved and/or at-risk young minds.
With this funding, 4-H plans to bolster or institute mentoring programs in virtually every state. These programs have historically improved academic performance and prevented delinquency. 4-H operates the programs in collaboration with 100 colleges and universities across the country and the US Department of Agriculture Children, Youth and Families at Risk Program.
Already, the 4-H mentoring programs have served tens of thousands of youths and this grant will help reach even more young people. Mentoring programs can have lasting effects on communities by improving family relationships and boosting social competence.