SLATE Receives Second Chance Act Grant

Federal funding will help youth successfully transition from secure confinement facilities to the community.

October 18, 2013 | 2 min reading time

This article is 9 years old. It was published on October 18, 2013.


The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs recently notified SLATE of a grant award in the amount of $358,478 as part of the Second Chance Act Reentry Project. The Reentry Project was established to help ensure that youth successfully transition from secure confinement facilities to the community while promoting public safety.

SLATE will use the grant funds for the You Only Live Once (YOLO) STL Reentry Program (building on the previous YOLO Face Forward grant award from the Department of Labor). YOLO will serve 32 juveniles through a comprehensive evidence based program design and dynamic partnerships with public and private agencies and major universities. Each participant will complete a minimum of 100 hours of service learning, 40 hours of job readiness, 125 hours of work experience, 125 hours of summer work experience and 80 hours of mentoring. These steps should increase the number of youth that receive jobs; who graduate from high school or obtain a GED; and who enter a post-secondary education or apprenticeship program.

Missouri State University has agreed to perform an independent evaluation as part of the YOLO Reentry program. It is anticipated that the YOLO STL Reentry Program will contribute to a 10 percent drop in recidivism over one year and a 50 percent drop over five years.

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