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U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers and Their Children: A Reentry Mentoring Project

Deadline: July 17, 2014

The FY 2014 Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers and Their Children: A Reentry Mentoring Project helps ensure that the transition young fathers make from secure confinement facilities back to their families and their communities is successful and promotes public safety. The current solicitation will fund mentoring and comprehensive transitional services, emphasizing developing parenting skills, to offenders who are young fathers.

The implementation and delivery of transitional/reentry services should include one-to-one, group, and peer mentoring services to offenders who are young fathers. Transitional services include a broad range of activities, including providing case management, targeting offender needs that affect recidivism, supporting comprehensive services to promote responsible fatherhood, and implementing strategies that enhance the life skills and future of young fathers and their families. For the purpose of this solicitation, mentoring is a structured relationship between an adult or trained peer and one or more young fathers. Applicants should demonstrate a strong partnership between the mentoring organization and the responsible department/entity for the state/local/tribal secure confinement facility or facilities holding the identified target population.

Priority consideration will be given to all applicants who address the following:

  • A plan to implement activities that have been demonstrated effective in facilitating the successful reentry of offenders.
  • Provides for an independent evaluation of the project that includes, to the maximum extent feasible, random assignment of offenders to program delivery and control groups.

Amount: Up to four awards for up to $400,000 each for a period of 24 months. The first six months may be used as a planning period, during which awardees will have access to $50,000 to complete planning activities. Once planning phase deliverables are completed, awardees will have access to the remaining $350,000 to implement the program.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, tribal, and community nonprofit organizations) and federally recognized Indian tribes.  Award recipients must admit to the program targeted youth who were adjudicated prior to their 25th birthday. Services may continue beyond participants’ 25th birthdays as long as therapeutically necessary.

Linkhttp://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2014/2ndChanceActCOIP.pdf (opens PDF)

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