Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $342,858)
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.
The Male Involvement Program is designed to address the transitional needs of 100 incarcerated fathers, younger than age 25, in two urban centers in central Illinois: Springfield and Decatur. The programs objectives are to provide targeted transitional and reentry services to support incarcerated young fathers, increase the number of incarcerated young fathers who participate in a mentoring program, and increase the employment skills of incarcerated young fathers. CA/NCF