Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $342,858)
The Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers, Young Mothers, and Their Children Program provides funding to support the successful transition of young fathers and mothers as they return to their families and communities from detention, out-of-home placement, or 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.
In partnership with numerous faith-based and community organizations, the George Gervin Youth Center (GGYC) will focus on promoting responsible motherhood and the targeting of comprehensive transitional services designed to improve responsible parenting, family engagement, life skills, and self-sufficiency for reentering young mothers ages 18 to 25. GGYC will provide returning young mothers, who are within 90 to 180 days of release from the Bexar County Adult Detention Center, with mentors who will support and guide the young mothers in developing attitudes and skills that will enable them to transition into the community and become self-sufficient. GGYC will recruit, train, and match mentors with 60 young mothers during pre-release and post-release phases to provide advice and support to navigate problems encountered from pre-release through transition to the community, backed by intensive case management and comprehensive supportive services. This project contains a research and/or evaluation component, as defined in applicable law. CA/NCF