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Goodwill Houston Second Chance Mentoring

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $300,000)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) reflects a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and are returning to communities. 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 adults who have been incarcerated. Mentoring refers to a developmental relationship in which a more experienced person helps a less experienced person develop an enhanced sense of self-worth and specific knowledge and skills to increase the chance of successful reentry.

The goal of this program is to promote more effective and successful reentry for offenders through the establishment and maintenance of pre- and post-release mentoring relationships. The objectives of this program are to establish or improve the administration of mentoring programs, including the expansion of mentoring strategies and program design; enhance and improve the organizational capacity, system efficiency, and cost effectiveness of mentoring programs through training and technical assistance and other strategies, and; improve outcomes for offenders in mentoring programs by establishing and strengthening collaborative community approaches.

The recipient will use their SCA Mentoring grant funds to match participants (pre-released) in the program with a mentor. The mentor and mentee will meet at least monthly to discuss their individual development plan.

Mentors will be trained to listen to mentees concerns, be attuned to their practical and emotional needs, and to help them solve problems by locating appropriate resources. Upon release, they will continue to meet with them at least monthly and follow up with them weekly for 12 months.


Date Created: September 29, 2013