FY 2019 Youth Mentoring Set-Aside

Dear Colleague Letter 19-04

Publication Date: July 25, 2019

Date: July 25, 2019

Dear Colleague:

ORR is pleased to announce the Refugee Support Services (RSS) Youth Mentoring (YM) “Set-Aside” for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. This letter specifies formulation and allocation details and is a supplement to a Youth Mentoring Policy Letter (PL 19-02) which identifies program goals, eligibility, and reporting and monitoring requirements.


Many refugee youth and young adults (henceforth referred to as refugee youth) arrive to the United States after protracted periods of displacement in, or proximate to, conflict zones. As a result, they have often suffered or witnessed trauma, been victims of violence, and experienced the loss of, or separation from, family members, homes and communities. Refugee youth arrive with unique individual strengths, aspirations, and dreams for their futures; however, the nature of their refugee experience can hinder integration into the local community. Refugee youth may arrive to the United States with limited English proficiency and often without social connections or family ties.

Without adequate social support to encourage integration into their new communities and to advance their educational and vocational goals, some refugee youth may become disillusioned about their future, and may engage in anti-social behavior and activity or become at-risk for depression or social isolation. Connecting refugee youth to caring and supportive members of their community can provide invaluable support as they adjust to their communities and learn to identify, and strive to achieve, their educational or vocational goals, ultimately facilitating integration and economic self-sufficiency.

To ensure a positive path towards social and economic integration, ORR has prioritized the formulation of a Youth Mentoring Set-Aside program. The primary goals of this program are to 1) promote positive civic and social engagement and to 2) support individual educational and vocational advancement.

FY 2019 Allocations

The FY 2019 allocations to states, Wilson-Fish programs, and replacement designees are based on the number of ORR-eligible individuals ages 15-24 who were served by the state in the previous fiscal year (FY 20181) as reported in the ORR-5 and that was verified against the ORR Refugee Arrivals Data System (RADS).

States that received over 70 ORR-eligible individuals between the ages of 15-24 qualify for funding. The chart below documents the number of eligible served populations by each state in FY 2018 and the corresponding funding allocations for the YM program for FY 2019. The proposed allocations are based on availability of federal funding and will be included in the 4th quarter FY 2019 RSS allocation as a set-aside.

ORR plans to continue funding states for three years before needing to requalify. FY 2019 is considered year two of the three year period. As a result and as noted in the chart below, three states that were funded in FY 2018 will continue to be funded in FY 2019 even though their client population fell below the total served floor of 70.

As with all funding, the Youth Mentoring RSS set-aside is based on the availability of federal funding and the priorities of the ORR Director. As required under ORR regulation §400.210, these funds must be obligated by September 30, 2020 and must be liquidated by September 30, 2021.


State Total Served Allocation
Florida 1,246 $750,000.00
Texas 1,059 $650,000.00
California 1,042 $650,000.00
New York 507 $541,304.00
Washington 481 $513,545.00
Ohio 350 $373,682.00
Arizona 328 $350,193.00
Virginia 324 $345,922.00
Georgia 271 $289,336.00
Kentucky 251 $267,983.00
Maryland 249 $265,848.00
North Carolina 249 $265,848.00
Pennsylvania 239 $255,171.00
Illinois 232 $247,698.00
Michigan 227 $242,359.00
Minnesota 197 $210,329.00
Colorado 195 $208,194.00
Tennessee 171 $182,570.00
Massachusetts 165 $176,164.00
Iowa 143 $152,676.00
Missouri 133 $141,999.00
Oregon 112 $119,578.00
Wisconsin 105 $112,105.00
New Jersey 96 $102,496.00
Utah 90 $100,000.00
Nebraska 87 $100,000.00
Nevada 85 $100,000.00
Indiana 84 $100,000.00
Kansas 84 $100,000.00
Idaho 83 $100,000.00
Connecticut 70 $100,000.00
North Dakota 49 $75,000.00
New Hampshire 32 $75,000.00
Maine 21 $75,000.00
Total 9,389 $8,340,000


Other states not funded:


State Total Served
Louisiana 54
South Dakota 44
Vermont 34
Montana 30
Oklahoma 29
Rhode Island 24
New Mexico 21
District Of Columbia 19
South Carolina 18
Alabama 17
Alaska 16
Arkansas 14
Mississippi 7
Delaware 4
West Virginia 1
Hawaii 0


Explanation of Allocations

Allocations fall into the following tiers: 1) a max tier for states that served over 1,200 eligible individuals that was further broken down to 1,000-1,200 ($650,000) and more than 1,200 ($750,000); 2) a per capita tier for states that served between 96-507 eligible individuals; and 3) a floor tier for states that served between 70-90 eligible individuals ($100,000). Additionally, there are three states that did not meet the floor tier for FY19 but will continue to receive funding based on ORR’s plan to fund grantees for three years prior to requalification ($75,000).

Please direct any questions about this Dear Colleague Letter to your ORR Regional Representative. We also encourage you to utilize ORR’s Technical Assistance provider(s) for additional resources on serving refugees.

We appreciate all of your work to support newly arriving populations over the course of the past year and trust that this allocation will benefit these efforts and the refugee youth that you serve.


Jonathan H. Hayes
Office of Refugee Resettlement


1 October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018..


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