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Fedcap to Help Bronx Youth Leave Behind Criminal Justice System

Fedcap is proud to partner with the Bronx Clergy Criminal Justice Roundtable in a New York City mentoring program to help youth who have been involved in the criminal justice system transform their lives.

“This is an exciting and important opportunity to significantly impact the lives of youth involved in the criminal justice system,” said Christine McMahon, President and CEO of Fedcap. “It deepens our commitment to community impact in the Bronx and to helping disconnected youth develop supportive networks, complete their education, develop skills and build a pathway to self-sufficiency.”

The NYC Department of Probation’s Arches group-mentoring program helps justice-involved young adults 16-24 transform the attitudes and behaviors that led to their criminal activity by strengthening their attachment to education, work and community. The program’s main components include a group process where members become an important support system for each other; a curriculum delivered by culturally appropriate mentors, and a setting that incorporates positive values, principles and practices. Arches participants will gain a better understanding of personal responsibility and enhance their social skills, which will in turn improve peer relationships, self esteem and problem-solving skills. The Arches program also leads participants toward educational, vocational and therapeutic programs.

The Department of Probation contracts with Fedcap, the Bronx Clergy Criminal Justice Roundtable (BCCJR) and other nonprofits to deliver the Arches program in various communities including the five in the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON). Beginning in October, Fedcap and BCCJR, a subsidiary of the Bronx Clergy Roundtable, will provide Arches services to residents of Bronx Community District 12.

“We are excited about our partnership with Fedcap and the strengths both organizations bring to the table,” the Revs. Tim and Que English, BCCJR co-founders, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to implementing a winning program that keeps our young adults out of prison and propels them to become integral and contributing members of their communities.”