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H.R. 4186 (103rd): To provide demonstration grants to local governmental agencies and community-based organizations for mentor programs.

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 13, 1994 (Introduced).

HR 4186 IH


2d Session

H. R. 4186

To provide demonstration grants to local governmental agencies and community-based organizations for mentor programs.


April 13, 1994

Miss COLLINS of Michigan introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


To provide demonstration grants to local governmental agencies and community-based organizations for mentor programs.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


    The purpose of this Act is to award demonstration grants--

      (1) to provide role models for encouraging at-risk youth to become responsible citizens;

      (2) to build a sense of community in distressed urban areas;

      (3) to improve academic and social performance of at-risk youth and encourage educational achievement;

      (4) to improve individual self-concept and multicultural knowledge of history in an effort to instill a positive self-image;

      (5) to strengthen family relationships; and

      (6) to encourage at-risk youth to resolve conflicts without violence.


    (a) IN GENERAL- The Secretary, after consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, is authorized to award grants to eligible entities that serve at-risk students with not less than half of such grants awarded to such entities that serve primarily minority youth.

    (b) AWARD BASIS- The Secretary shall award grants under this Act on a competitive basis.

    (c) DISTRIBUTION OF GRANT- A grant made under this section shall be distributed to a grantee in 1 or more annual installments during a period not to exceed 3 years.

    (d) PRIORITY- In awarding grants under this Act, the Secretary shall give priority to eligible entities that have developed broad-based community support.


    (a) IN GENERAL- To request a grant under this Act, a designated representative of an eligible entity shall submit an application to the Secretary in such form and containing such information as the Secretary may reasonably require.

    (b) PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS- Each application submitted under subsection (a) shall include assurances that the eligible entity shall--

      (1) establish a mentorship program that includes--

        (A) participation from adult role models who have made a commitment to serve as a mentor during and after school, including the period between school years; and

        (B) programs conducted by mentors regarding such topics as culture, values, conflict resolution, and the importance of family, education, and community;

      (2) provide tutors to work with students and mentors;

      (3) describe how activities will take place in the community and community members will be involved;

      (4) describe activities that develop family relationship skills;

      (5) require that students who participate in a mentor program establish written goals, including educational and behavioral goals; and

      (6) require parental consent for children to participate in mentoring programs.


    The Secretary shall evaluate the demonstration program assisted under this Act and shall report annually to the Congress regarding the overall effectiveness of such program, including recommendations for improving the program.


    For the purposes of this Act--

      (1) the term ‘eligible entity’ means a local governmental agency, a nonprofit community-based organization, or a consortia of such nonprofit agencies and organizations in communities in which--

        (A) a high percentage of residents are members of low-income families with children; and

        (B) there is unemployment, pervasive poverty, and general economic distress;

      (2) the term ‘at-risk youth’ means a youth at risk of educational failure, including failure to complete graduation requirements or involvement in delinquent activities;

      (3) the term ‘mentor’ means an individual who works with an at-risk youth on a one-to-one basis, establishing a supportive relationship with the youth and providing the youth with academic assistance and exposure to new experiences that enhance the youth’s ability to become a responsible citizen; and

      (4) the term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Education.


    There is authorized to be appropriated $2,000,000 for fiscal year 1994 and $3,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1995 and 1996 to carry out this Act.