Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $483,333)
The OJJDP FY 2015 Second Chance Act Supporting Latino/a Youth from Out-of-Home Placement to the Community program will promote effective and successful reentry services for Latino/a youth who are transitioning back into their communities from secure confinement facilities, including out-of-home placement. This solicitation will fund mentoring and comprehensive transitional services that emphasize development of life and parenting skills in offenders who are Latino/a youth. This program is authorized pursuant to Section 211 of the Second Chance Act, P.L. 110-199.
The United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) will establish a cooperative network to remove barriers that may preclude a young person from sustained involvement in the juvenile justice system. UTECs program will instill motivation, self-confidence, and self-efficacy within Latino/a youth enabling fulfilling, productive and self-sufficient futures. UTEC will provide mentoring and case management services that supports family wellness to 50 Latino/a youth pre- and post-release from out-of-home placement. Finally, UTEC embeds civic and community engagement throughout their model, with the goal of transforming young peoples impact in the community from a negative history of justice-system involvement to a productive accountable citizen.