Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $766,942)
Southwest Key Programs, Inc. (SWK) will implement Un Puente al Hogar/A Bridge Home (UPH), an intensive transition and reentry program designed to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth in detention. SWK will provide evidence-based services to medium-risk and high-risk youth ages 10-18 who are reentering their communities in Cameron County, Texas and adjacent / surrounding counties. These are historically high-poverty areas. The program will help participating youth to successfully transition from juvenile residential facilities to the community. The program will also promote civil rights, increase access to justice, and promote public safety. UPH hire and train staff in evidence-based and research-informed models and practices that support youth in the development of critical life, education, and work-readiness skills as they reintegrate into their community. Through a strong partnership with the Cameron County Juvenile Probation Department (CCJPD), adjacent Juvenile Probation Departments and other community partners, UPH will provide direct services and sustain the program beyond the grant period. Program evaluation and youth progress will be measured through established processes that ensure accuracy and confidentiality.