Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $331,250)
The Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers, Young Mothers, and Their Children provides funding to support the successful transition of young fathers and mothers as they return to their families and communities from incarceration. This program funds coordinated and comprehensive strategies that incorporate (1) mentoring and transitional reentry services proven to reduce recidivism, (2) effective parenting skills development and parent/child relationship engagement for young fathers or mothers, and (3) private and community service partnerships that promote public safety and support added positive outcomes for young parents and their children.
Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans (VOAGNO) seeks to ensure transitioning young fathers make successful connections back with their families once released from secure confinement facilities. Funding from this initiative will expand the currently funded juvenile offender's mentoring program, Positive Pathways Programs (P3) Face Forward 2, to specifically serve imprisoned fathers. Second Chance Mentoring Project: A Father's Strength - Fathers Focused on Family and Faith (FSF4) will expand services to recruit, assess, enroll, and deliver mentoring and comprehensive transitional services emphasizing parenting skills development. VOAGNO will provide services to approximately 80 fathers over the project period. Participants will be medium to high risk, ages 17 to 24, currently incarcerated and returning to New Orleans and the surrounding parishes of the Eastern District of Louisiana. CA/NCF