Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $607,952)
The Second Chance Act (P.L. 110-199) authorizes grants to government agencies and nonprofit groups to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victims' support, and other services to help adult and juvenile ex-offenders to transition successfully from incarceration to the community. OJJDP will provide grants to support mentoring and other transitional services essential to reintegrating juvenile offenders into their communities. Grants will be used to mentor juvenile offenders during secure confinement, through transition back to the community, and post-release; to provide transitional services to assist them in their reintegration into the community; and to support training in offender and victims issues. This program is authorized by the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, Pub. L. 112-110.
Commonwealth Corporation (CommCorp) is requesting $623,642 to design and implement Department of Youth Services (DYS) mentoring programs in six cities across Massachusetts, together representing 30% of the state's caseload of youth committed to the care of DYS. CommCorp will provide match funding from state and federal sources over the three-year rollout of the grant initiative. Grant funds will support the implementation of a community-based, one-to-one mentoring model with site-based supports, fortifying the community reentry pathway of 144 youth, ages 15-17, currently committed to the state's juvenile justice system and within 90 days of community reentry. The funding will establish a statewide network of DYS mentoring sites that will: increase the number of youth attached to education/workforce opportunities to reduce the number of youth who reoffend or violate the conditions of their release; support five mentoring initiatives in cities with high numbers of juvenile offenders and economic need - Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Brockton/Quincy, and Worcester; help to hire key staff integral to ensuring the fidelity of evidence-based programming; and secure technical assistance from Mass Mentoring Partnership to increase the capacity of local partners to address the needs of DYS youth.