New Nebraska programs give youth offenders a second chance

OMAHA, Neb. – The One Heart Project is collaborating with the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) and the Sarpy County Juvenile Justice Center to provide a holistic set of services to youthful offenders.

The initiative will be virtually kicked-off at NCYF and in Sarpy County during the weeks of Aug. 24th and Aug. 31st, and will begin working with male juvenile offenders, between the ages of 16 and 19. Work with additional demographics will be launched later in the year.

The evidence-based initiative focuses on social and emotional intelligence education, one-on-one mentoring, life skills training, employment, and re-entry services for youth between the ages of 13- 19, reducing recidivism rates and producing prosocial behavioral change.

Steve Riach, CEO of One Heart, says, “These youth are just as important as anyone else on the planet. They were created with a purpose and destiny. Sadly, most of them come from very difficult, emotionally fragile backgrounds. They need to know someone cares about them, believes in them, and is willing to help them get on a different pathway. That’s what we, and all of the great partners that work with us, do.”

One Heart is dedicated to providing youth with a second chance. Nebraska is part of the planned expansion into new states during 2020 with others to follow. One Heart has continued to provide services during the COVID-19 challenges through technology tools and other mechanisms.

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