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Safer Foundation Seeks Service Providers to Help Improve Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth

RFP process begins with announcement of employment network

CHICAGO, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Safer Foundation (Safer) is seeking nonprofit organizations to apply for community grants through the Safer Midwest Reentry and Employment Network (MREN). Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, MREN grants will allow organizations to develop programs that address employment barriers for court-involved youth 17-24, helping them develop the skills needed to obtain good jobs. Organizations interested in submitting a proposal should go to the Safer Foundation website.

"Safer Foundation is delighted to be the pass-through for federal funding to help our youth in Chicago and other Midwestern cities. We have long valued collaboration as the most powerful tool to bring meaningful change," said Safer President and CEO Victor Dickson, "Safer Midwest Reentry and Employment Network is a tangible example of Safer Foundation's commitment to building partnerships with other agencies serving the justice- involved, in this case our youth. We are confident that Safer MREN will assist youth in securing expungement of their records and meaningful employment."

The RFP process seeks to identify community organizations serving high-poverty, high-crime areas capable of providing core services that include youth intensive case management, mentoring, educational interventions, service learning, occupational training in in-demand industries, workforce development and follow-up services. Also required are expungement and diversion services, which research confirms are proven strategies that improve life outcomes for court-involved youth. Organizations are encouraged to collaborate/partner with local organizations with the legal expertise to assist in providing criminal records relief.

Safer plans to award up to four MREN grants, ranging from $125,000 to $250,000 per year, for three years. Services will be provided in at least two states, and the targeted areas are Chicago; St. Louis; Milwaukee; and Davenport.

These grants will systematically improve the workforce outcomes of court-involved youth who will obtain industry-recognized credentials that prepare them for jobs in in-demand industries using career pathways, as well as impacting outcomes from other types of training and educational supports. Organizations interested in submitting a proposal should go to http://www.saferfoundation.org/services-programs/mren-grant. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. CDT Sept. 10, 2014.

Contact Kimberly Vann at [email protected] or 312-922-8028.

About Safer Foundation: Since 1972, Safer Foundation's mission has focused on supporting, through a full spectrum of services, the efforts of people with criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community and as a result, reduce recidivism. For more information, visit www.saferfoundation.org

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