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Program Overview

A.S.C.E.N.D. (Accessing Skills, Competencies, Education via Networking and Development ) Mentoring Program was developed through the Second Chance G rant, a federal initiative designed to improve the outcomes for youth returning to their communities from out of home placement .Through the A.S.C.E.N.D. Program, participants will receive support, counseling and guidance while in out of home placement in an effort to provide direction for youth upon their release. Youth will be offered an array of services, including intense mentoring, assessment, case management and reintegration. This will afford participants an optimal opportunity of successful reentry into the community.

A.S.C.E.N.D. mentoring program will consist of three strategic phases designed to support participants while in placement and keep them on track upon their return to their respective communities.

Phase 1:

Connect with participant while in out-of-home placement.

  • Develop a rapport with participant.
  • Provide participant with support and guidance while in out-of-home placement.
  • Identify participant’s needs using assessment tools.
  • Create a unique transition plan based on participant’s needs.
  • Make transition from out-of-home placement back to the community as smooth as possible.

Phase 2:

 Establish a safety net of supportive services participants can use once back in their communities.

  • Provide supportive youth services based on participant’s transition plan.
  • Coordinate the transition plan to ensure implementation and avoid gaps with community based services.
  • Offer one-to-one guidance counseling to participants.
  • Provide case management services.
  • Participants will receive life-skills and enrichment training.

Phase 3:

Provide participant with a supportive mentor to further assist with their development.

  • Match participant with a one-to-one mentor.
  • Mentor will help mentee develop interpersonal skills, further develop decision making skills, gain greater awareness of opportunities, etc.
  • Participant will receive on-going reintegration services.
  • Continue to do what is necessary so that participant remains focused and avoids falling back into the juvenile justice system.


Through this approach, the A.S.C.E.N.D. Program allows youth to receive a continuum of services that begin while participants are in out-of-home placement and continue as they remain actively involved throughout the progression of the program until completion.