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2015 Greater Washington DC Area State of Mentoring: A Report Assessing the Current State of Mentoring for Young People in Our Region

December 17, 2015

According to a new study conducted jointly by the United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) and Deloitte, the Washington, D.C. metro-area may be falling short when it comes to mentoring. According to the Greater Washington, D.C. State of Mentoring Report, 70% of mentoring organizations throughout the National Capital Community responded that they "did not have enough mentors to effectively provide quality mentoring services to young people in their communities."The report also found that the two most prevalent challenges facing mentoring organizations throughout the National Capital Community include funding (72%) and recruitment of enough volunteer mentors (65%). In addition to funding and volunteer mentor recruitment, the study also shows additional challenges facing mentoring organizations servicing the Greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Some of those additional challenges include:58% of organizations noted that they have a wait list of young people who are looking for mentors.48% attributed this wait list to a lack of volunteers signing up to be mentors.Only 51% of mentoring relationships in the Greater Washington, D.C. area lasted more than two years, compared to 69% nationally.

Supporting Our Region's Veterans: Assessing the Network of Services Available for Post 9/11 Veterans and Their Families in Northern Virginia

May 7, 2014

Just across the river from our nation's capital, NOVA is home to countless icons representing the history of warfare in the United States and the sacrifices that have been made for our freedoms. From Arlington National Cemetery, to the Marine Corps War Memorial, to the United States Air Force Memorial, to the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, to the Pentagon itself, these landmarks draw millions of visitors each year and provide places for Americans to publicly mourn, celebrate, and remember our service men and women. Less public, however, are the thousands of veterans and their families living in NOVA and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who are restarting their civilian lives after serving multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), NOVA is home more 35,000 that have served since 2001. Indeed, Virginia has the highest Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) veteran ratio of all 50 states.Dozens of local organizations have risen to the challenge of supporting NOVA's post-9/11 veterans. These organizations deliver a range of interventions from financial counseling, to job training, to mental health services. It is clear that a wide array of support is available. What is less clear is exactly what those needs are and how local organizations are working collectively to address them. In an effort to better understand this landscape, the Community Foundation -- in partnership with the United Way of the National Capital Area and with the support of Deloitte -- developed this report to gain a more in-depth understanding of NOVA's veteran support landscape. This report is intended to provide the Community Foundation and other local community-based organizations with the insights needed to strategically target and coordinate grant dollars toward the greatest needs