Community Corrections Improvement Association
34.65 AmeriCorps members in Linn, Johnson, and Tama counties in east central Iowa will leverage an additional 1,056 volunteers to provide mentoring and out of school time programming as a prevention strategy for youth who are at-risk of involvement or already involved in the juvenile justice system. Members will also provide mentoring for system involved adult offenders, particularly targeting veterans and families in the child welfare system for abuse and neglect. At the grant year end, youth will increase self-esteem and success in school; families in the child welfare system will be strengthened (re-abuse will be reduced); system involved offenders, including veterans, will receive services needed for stability (housing, financial literacy, education, workforce, mentoring, food, healthcare). This holistic design will focus on the CNCS focus area of Education, Healthy Futures, Veterans, and Economic Opportunity. The CNCS investment of $460,435 will be matched with $401,940.