Only one in three youth will grow up with the support of a mentor in their lives. In reflection of that, in 2008, Coach Bill Snyder (Kansas State University) and Coach Tom Osborne (University of Nebraska) initiated the annual Coaches' Challenge, with the goal of rallying new volunteers for mentoring programs. During the last six years, the popularity of the Coaches' Challenge has grown, with the expansion into additional states and conferences. In the spirit of the annual Coaches' Challenge, Kansas Mentors is seeking projects taking place during the Challenge that focus on the recruitment and/or retention of mentors. Specifically, efforts should focus on:
1.) Outreach efforts to recruit more Kansans to meet the state's shortage of mentors and/or;
2.) Innovative strategies and trainings to retain existing mentors and to ensure young Kansans are receiving high quality mentoring services.
Grant activities should take place during the Coaches' Challenge:
August 1, 2015 - November 30, 2015
Who May Apply?
This is a competitive, reimbursement grant application process. Organizations that are currently engaged in youth mentoring activities that meet the definition of mentoring provided below* and are registered as an Affiliate Program with Kansas Mentors prior to July 3, 2015 are invited to submit applications. For a list of registered programs or to become an affiliate visit the Kansas Mentors' partner directory at: www.kansasmentors.org.
*Definition of mentoring as defined by the KM Council of Mentors: Mentoring is a consistent, structured, stable relationship between youth and a caring role model(s) that involves regular, ongoing and ideally face-to-face meetings and is focused on developing the character, capabilities, and confidence of the young person(s).
Kansas Mentors expects to award up to $10,000 in one-time grants. Applicants may request up to $1,000 in funding with a minimum request amount of $500. Match is not a requirement for this grant funding opportunity; however when applicable, non-federal match dollars may be considered during the application peer review process.
The grant RFP and application can be found in the upper right-hand corner of this page.
Questions? Contact Cheri Faunce at email@example.com or 785.368.6211.