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1 1 of 21 A Service Partnership To Mentor Youth Most At Risk

2 San Diego, CA based non-profit TKF was formed after a 20 year old college student was killed by a 14 year old gang member. He became the first child in California under the age of 16 to be convicted as an adult. Their families came together to established TKF. 17 years experience in violence prevention programming Serviced over 500,000 students since 1995 Tariq Khamisa Foundation 2 of 21

3 3 Tariq Khamisa Foundation 3 of 21 Violence as victim, witness or perpetrator places all children at-risk and can have long term impacts. At TKF, we believe violence is a learned behavior. Mentors are a means to support youth in breaking their cycles of violence. We believe every child, in spite of their behaviors or situations, deserves to be treated well and have the opportunity for a healthy life, free of violence. TKF teaches children to be peacemakers.

4 60% of America’s children are exposed to violence Students ages 12 to 18 were victims of 1.5 million crimes while at school One in five kids is a bully Every day in our country over 18,500 children are suspended from school for acts of misconduct Its estimated less 10% of students are generally responsible for 80% of a school’s safety concerns The Need For Violence Prevention Focused Mentoring 4 of 21

5 Safe School Model  Youth Service Projects  Summer Youth Camps  Referral Assistance COMMUNITY PROGRAMS  Class Curriculum  Violence Impact Assemblies  Safety Assessment EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS  Mentoring  Skill Development Workshops INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS 5 of 21

6 Mentoring Intervention Established in 2008 as a CA initiative pilot project to provide individually focused attention for youth impacted by violence and gangs Designed as a school-based program Utilize stipend AmeriCorps mentors placed in teams at partnering schools Full-time mentors manage caseloads of 15 to 18 mentees Youth receive multiple weekly contacts at school, home and in the community. 6 of 21

7 Mentoring Intervention TKF averages 90 hours of mentoring per youth annually Develop individual service plans that include both one-on-one attention and group participation Can address school difficulties immediately TKF Mentoring Curriculum to assist with relationship development, discussing violence and future directions Include recreational, community service and summer programming 7 of 21

8 Mentoring Intervention Mentors receive over 100 hours of training Multiple opportunities for supervision, case processing and coaching each month TKF developed an internet based documentation system for data collection, service monitoring and reporting Our cost per mentored youth is $1,600 8 of 21

9 9 of 21 TKF Mentors GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS  Willing to commit to a year of mentoring  Able to mentor a higher risk youth  Pass all background check requirements (5)  Can independently manage caseload  Can professionally interact with schools and various community organizations  Demonstrate good judgment skills  Can be timely with data collection tasks Four Stage Selection Process

10 Target Population TKF mentors middle school students ages 10 to 15 Focus on youth who are truant, in detention, suspended, fighting, using drugs, disrupting classes, getting arrested, threatening others, hurting themselves, running away, experiencing family violence or gang involved. Youth are referred by school staff, parents, CBOs and peers All participating youth must have a history of school misconduct (referrals, suspensions, expulsions or truancy) 10 of 21

11 TKF YOUTH DEMOGRAPHICS  97% are minorities  93% qualify for free or reduced lunch  83% have history of suspensions  83% are experiencing academic difficulties  60% have a history of violent behaviors  55% reside in single parent household  51% experienced significant trauma or loss  30% have an incarcerated family member  16% have been arrested  12% gang involved Target Population 11 of 21

12 School Districts Common place for connecting with children School-based mentoring is growing and proving to be effective TKF has historically partnered with over 30 school districts during the last 17 years to conduct its services Can be relationships with multiple layers and agendas Formal agreements including data sharing Our Partnership 12 of 21

13 Corporation for National & Community Service - AmeriCorps National service program Emphasis on supporting economically disadvantaged and at risk youth TKF grant recipient since 2008 Resource for leveraging funding Build capacity to recruit quality mentors Supports mentor with stipends and education awards Our Partnership 13 of 21

14 Our Partnership 14 of 21

15 TKF Mentoring Results 15 of 21 SERVICE OUTCOMES  Since 2008, TKF has enrolled over 2,500 high- risk youth  Placed mentors at 17 local Middle Schools  Annually conduct 45,000 mentoring contacts  Youth receive 8 to 10 hours of mentoring monthly over an 8 to 11 month service period  Participating schools are reporting declines in school infractions resulting in safer campuses


17 TKF Mentoring Results San Diego Unified School District had a decrease of 73% in school misconduct behaviors for TKF involved students 17 of 21

18 San Diego Unified School District had an overall decrease of 85% in truancy behaviors for TKF involved students TKF Mentoring Results 18 of 21

19 Challenges & Lessons Learned Economic impacts including education budget cuts, reduced grant opportunities and declines in donations Frequent changes with partnering school personnel and maintaining buy-in of intervention Operating within educational systems Annual turnover of the mentors with AmeriCorps Not a shortage of at-risk youth Planning is key Mentor support and oversight is essential for success 19 of 21

20 Partnership Next Steps Participation with CaliforniaVolunteer (AmeriCorps) in planning process to develop educational model for supporting public schools Explore replication of TKF Safe School Model, including mentoring intervention, in additional CA communities Initiate a third party evaluation study of the mentoring intervention Expand investment opportunities for TKF mentoring Continue to present intervention and results at local and national conferences 20 of 21

21 Additional information available in presentation packet To learn more visit us at Lisa GroganBenita Page President/CEO Operation Director 619-955-8777 ext. 106619-955-8777 ext. 107 21 of 21

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