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.
Volunteers of America Oregon, Inc. will utilize existing partnerships to serve Latino/a youth in the Portland, Oregon, using culturally specific comprehensive reentry services. The proposed project will seek to reduce recidivism, positive behavior change in school and family functioning, reduced gang involvement and substance use, and improved mental health for Latino/a youth aged 14 to 25. Volunteers of America Oregon, Inc. will provide post-release services and individual assessments to 44 Latino/a youth who are enrolled in the program. Services will be provided by Latino mentors, a bicultural/bilingual marriage and family therapist, a certified alcohol and drug counselor and qualified mental health professional to promote individual and family well-being.