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Second Chance Act YAP NYS Life Coaches Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $297,369)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities. There are currently over 2.3 million individuals serving time in federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year. Ninety-five percent of all prisoners incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition individuals make from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful. Section 211 of the Act authorizes grants to nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for mentoring projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated.

The Second Chance Act grant programs are designed to strengthen jurisdictions characterized by large numbers of returning offenders. 'Reentry' is not envisioned to be a specific program but rather an evidence-based process that begins with initial incarceration and ends with successful community reintegration, indicated by lack of recidivism. Per the Second Chance Act, funded mentoring projects should use validated and dynamic assessment tools to determine the risks and needs of offenders included in the project's target population. Program components must include mentoring adult offenders during incarceration, through transition back to the community, and post-release; transitional services to assist in the reintegration of offenders into the community; and training regarding offender and victims issues. Applicant agencies/organizations are expected to demonstrate their capability to deliver or broker the provision of transitional services proposed to be offered in conjunction with the core mentoring component. Examples of 'transitional services' designed to increase success in reentry and thus reduce recidivism might include the establishment of a pre-release mentoring relationship, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management.

The Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) will use the FY 2009 Second Chance Act Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations funds for the Second Chance Act YAP New York State Life Coaches Project. The program will continue to assist adults who are eligible to return to the community but cannot due to the multitude and severity of parolee needs. The YAP has successfully served juveniles and young adults with a service approach that combines wraparound, mentoring, restorative justice, and asset development interventions. Under this project, Life Coaches (paid mentors) will work with returning parolees to address individual obstacles to success. The geographic target area for this project consists of high need urban communities surrounded by high rural communities (Wayne County and Monroe County, New York) that include Rochester and Newark, New York. The service intervention will incorporate a wraparound system of care philosophy and principles including individualized service planning/delivery, a strength/asset based approach, intensive work with the friends/family supporting the parolee and the development and strengthening of informal community supports to guide the parolee through the community re-integration process.


Date Created: September 15, 2009