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  • NMP: National Mentoring Program

  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) supports the initiatives that assist in the development and maturity of community programs providing mentoring services to high-risk populations under the 4-H National Mentoring Program. The goal is to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, truancy, and other problems and high-risk behaviors. The program objective is to provide direct one-on-one mentoring, group mentoring, or peer-mentoring services to underserved youth populations.

    The 4-H National Mentoring Program features replication of three Programs of Distinction, recognized for implementing effective mentoring strategies with goals of improving family relationships, increasing social competencies, increasing school attendance, reducing juvenile delinquency, youth unemployment, and school failure.

    The three model programs are:


    • 4-H Mentoring: Youth & Families With Promise (4-H YFP) from Utah State University,
    • 4-H Tech Wizards from Oregon State University, and
    • 4-H Living Interactive Family Education (4-H LIFE) from the University of Missouri.

    All incorporate core principles of positive youth development to improve the well-being of at-risk youth ages 8-17, especially underserved populations of Latino, African American, and children of incarcerated parents.

    Identified objectives are:


    • Improved outcomes for at-risk youth;
    • Improved mentoring program administration; and
    • Improved organizational capacity.
  • Positive Behavioral Change

    Percent of youth involved in 4-H NMP I demonstrating a noted behavioral change.

    NMP graph

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