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Text of the Mentoring Matches for Youth Act of 2006

This bill was introduced on July 10, 2006, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 10, 2006 (Introduced).

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109th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5752

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 10, 2006

(for himself and Mr. Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To provide for making grants to expand the capacity of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program for at-risk youth.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Mentoring Matches for Youth Act of 2006.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which was founded in 1904 and chartered by Congress in 1958, is the oldest and largest mentoring organization in the United States.

(2)

There are over 450 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America local agencies providing mentoring programs for at-risk children in over 5,000 communities throughout every State, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

(3)

Over the last decade, Big Brother Big Sisters of America has raised a minimum of 75 percent of its annual operating budget from private sources and is continually working to grow private sources of funding to maintain this ratio of private to Federal funds.

(4)

In 2005, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America provided mentors for over 235,000 children.

(5)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has a goal to provide mentors for 1 million children per year.

3.

Grant program for expanding Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program

In each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012, the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the Administrator) may make grants to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to use for expanding the capacity of and carrying out the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs for at-risk youth.

4.

Biannual Report

(a)

In general

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America shall submit 2 reports to the Administrator in each of fiscal years 2008 through 2013. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America shall submit the first report in a fiscal year not later than April 1 of that fiscal year and the second report in a fiscal year not later than September 30 of that fiscal year.

(b)

Required content

Each such report must include the following:

(1)

A detailed statement of the progress made by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in expanding the capacity of and carrying out mentoring programs for at-risk youth.

(2)

A detailed statement of how the amounts received under this Act have been used.

(3)

A detailed assessment of the effectiveness of the mentoring programs.

(4)

Recommendations for continued grants and the appropriate amounts for such grants.

5.

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act—

(1)

$8,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 and 2009;

(2)

$8,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 and 2011; and

(3)

$10,000,000 for fiscal year 2012.