Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $400,000)
The FY 2014 Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers and Their Children: A Reentry Mentoring Project helps ensure that the transition young fathers make from secure confinement facilities back to their families and their communities is successful and promotes public safety. This program will fund mentoring and comprehensive transitional services, emphasizing developing parenting skills, to offenders who are young fathers. The goals of the program are to reduce recidivism among young fathers; improve outcomes for young fathers, their children, and family members; and promote responsible fatherhood. The objectives of this program are to provide young fathers with supportive mentoring and transitional services in both confinement and in the community based on and matched to their assessed risks and parenting needs that support their successful reentry.
Connection Training Services aims to (1) select and enroll young fathers between 18 and 25 in cooperation with Kintock and other community correction facilities, (2) provide intensive, needs-based services using best practices to reduce recidivism among those who are returning to Philadelphia from state detention facilities; and (3) improve outcomes for young fathers, their children, and family members; and (4) promote responsible fatherhood.