Grant App – International Association of Applied Control Theory (IAACT) – Charlotte, NC

The Men’s Council Grant Application

Project Name
1. International Association of Applied Control Theory (IAACT)
2. 420 East 15th Street, Charlotte, NC 28206
3. 643 Barrocliff Rd, Clemmons, NC 27012
4. Glenn M. Smith, (704) 564-5884, info@lifeconnections.us
5. www.keepkidsoutofjail.com
6. IAACT, 634 Barrocliff Rd, Clemmons, NC 27012

Organization
1. 501(c)3 Non-profit established in North Carolina, formed in January 2001
2. Yes, we have a Board of Directors that meets quarterly

Mission
1. Life Connections, Inc. is an organization committed to providing life skill programming and coaching designed specifically for individuals, their families, and the workplace. Our diverse team of life coaches are trained and certified in the Be-Print for Living System. The BE-Print system has been proven to be remarkably effective in making positive, successful changes in the way people live, work and interact.
2. We are also dedicated to helping people build better lives.
3. Life Connections, Inc. is an organization dedicated to helping youth build and maintain connections that will last a lifetime. -D-A-S-H- Youth Connections Mentoring is a youth initiated mentoring model that works with young people between the ages of 10 and 16 who are first time offenders, on probation, or at risk. By focusing on increasing bonding and bridging social capital, they expand their social networks, connections to people, ideas and opportunities.

Annual Organizational Budget
1. $200,000
2. All funds are presently received through the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Project Overview
1. $5,000
2. This money will help to meet our in-kind match that is required for our Mecklenburg Juvenile Crime Prevention Council funded -D-A-S-H- Youth Connections Mentoring. The required in-kind match for this program is currently 30% of our budget. This totals approximately $30,000. Your donation of $5,000 would go far in helping us satisfy that match. -D-A-S-H- Youth-Initiated Mentoring will use the money provided by the Men’s Council to pay for things that will directly impact the youth under our care such as mentoring one on one activities, mentoring group activities, travel to and from the youth’s home and providing our services to a broaden range of clients.
3. -D-A-S-H- Youth Connections will serve youth from the ages of 10 to 16, both Spanish and English speaking. The primary referral source will be the juvenile court which will have priority over all other referral sources. Other referral sources may include drug court, teen court, attorneys, judges, parents/family,police department and schools, including SRO’s. We will also receive referrals from agencies (detention facilities, YDC, etc.) that are releasing youth who have been identified as appropriate candidates for mentoring services.
4. Glenn M. Smith, Program Director, (704) 564-5884, Info@lifeconnections.us
5. We will be tracking our progress towards the below mentioned goals. We will be glad to provide a report back to the Men’s Council on the usage of the funds.
The following Program Goals have been established for the intervention described above:

– Reduce juvenile delinquency.
– Decrease recidivism rates.
– Decrease future gang participation by at-risk youth.
– Improve academic performance of at-risk youth.
– Reduce the dropout rate for at-risk youth.
Sub Goals: In addition, we anticipate…
– Increased personal and social responsibility among at-risk youth.
– Increased participation of at-risk youth in education and enhance their ability to benefit from this schooling.
– Increased participation in service and community activities by at-risk youth.
– Increased youth connection with community resources.
– Increased ability of youth to seek out future mentoring relationships into adulthood.
– Increased ability of youth to self-evaluate, resulting in better problem solving skills and successful independence.
– Increased parental/caretaker involvement and support.

6. 75% Clients successfully/satisfactorily completing the program will have no new adjudications in the 12 months following completion.
75% Clients successfully/satisfactorily completing the program will have no new complaints in the 12 months following completion.
70% Clients will actively participate in mentoring activities as intended by the program design/service plan.
80% Clients will demonstrate improvement in targeted skills identified in the individual service plan.
70% Clients will have no new adjudications for a complaint with an offense date after the admission date.
75% Clients will reduce specific problem behaviors presented at referral and targeted in the individual service plan.
75% Clients will successfully or satisfactorily complete services as intended by the program design/service plan.
7. Charlotte, NC
8. Year round
9. We are always in need for volunteers in all areas of our program. Everything from working directly with our youth, to help in our office, marketing, social media, research, and fund raising. We are also looking for board members with specific skills that they can bring to help make our organization stronger. Of course we could always use advice if anyone would want to review what we do and how we could do it more efficiently.
10. -D-A-S-H- Youth Connections Mentoring is based on a Youth-Initiated Mentoring Model. (http://chronicle.umbmentoring.org/an-in-depth-look-at-youth-initiated-mentoring/)
(http://www.nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org/index.php/what-works-in-mentoring/reviews-of-mentoring-practices.html?id=45)

While still a relatively new approach, it is based on best practices for effective programs. Recent research also reveals promising YIM Model related outcomes, and it further indicates that YIM can address challenges facing traditional mentoring programs — such as early match termination and a lack of available “formal” mentors. YIM allows for youth to “identify and recruit caring adults from within their existing communities”, suggesting that youth may be better at matching themselves and consequently more invested in the mentoring relationship (Schwartz et al., 2013; Spencer et al., in press). YIM has been championed by organizations like the National Guard Youth Challenge Program (http://www.ngycp.org/site/).

Some additional things to consider about this best practice model: Youth-Initiated Mentoring builds on the strengths of natural mentoring and provides structure for longer term relationships to develop. The autonomy of selecting one’s own mentors may increase motivation, especially for adolescents. Youth initiated approaches foster skills to recruit adult support and build social capital within communities.

-D-A-S-H- Youth Connections Mentoring meets the definition of a “Responsible Mentoring Program” (see www.mentoring.org) as it is:
– Structured, providing one-to-one relationships or partnerships that focus on the
needs of mentees
– Caring and supportive
– Intended to encourage individuals to achieve their full potential
– Designed to help individuals create their vision for the future
– Utilizing Strategies to develop active community partnerships

-D-A-S-H- Youth Connections Mentoring utilizes the six key evidence-based standards for mentoring (“Six Standards”) including: Recruitment, Screening, Training, Matching, Monitoring & Support, as well as Closure.

Our program operates in accordance with the highest principles and practices the “five guiding principles for ethical behavior in youth mentoring relationships.” (Rhodes, Spencer and Liang -2013 http:// chronicle.umbmentoring.org/research-corner-ethical-principles-for-youth-mentoring/)