Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2012
To thrive as productive adults incarcerated youth need compelling opportunities to develop skills, interactions, and strategies to become all they can be. For 3 years Carnegie Hall has used music to fuel youth development in secure settings in NYC with song-writing residencies. This work aligns with reforms to urban juvenile justice systems prioritizing incentive-based models over incarceration. Now, 12 full-time AmeriCorps Members will join professional musicians to provide mentoring and group instruction to an expanded population, to support return to home and community. Anticipated outcomes include improved behavior; lower incidents of violence; higher credit recovery rates; greater engagement in optional learning opportunities--all correlates of stronger academic performance and reduced recidivism. Members will develop teaching, mentoring, program planning and engagement skills that address AmeriCorps' educational focus via: outcomes for juveniles; quality Member training; and increased community engagement. CNCS investment of $189,213 will be matched with $356,135 of projected match.