Research indicates that children with parents who are incarcerated are seven times more likely than the general population to become incarcerated themselves and are more likely to display a variety of behavioral, emotional, health, and educational problems. Through ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), HHS supports the Mentoring Children of Prisoners program, through which public and private organizations establish or expand projects that provide one-on-one mentoring for children of parents who are incarcerated and those recently released from prison.
OD promotes physical fitness for children and youth with disabilities in conjunction with the President’s HealthierUS Initiative and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports awards system, through its “I Can Do It, You Can Do It” mentoring program. This program features one-on-one mentoring for children and youth with disabilities across the Nation to enhance their physical fitness, with the goal of serving 6 million children with disabilities.
HHS also participates on the recently formed Federal Mentoring Council, an offshoot of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (see the section, Collaborative Efforts to Support Youth, for more information on this Council). Convened and staffed by the CNCS, the Council seeks to improve coordination and better leverage resources among all the mentoring programs that exist in the Federal Government. The Council includes representatives from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, Interior, Justice, Labor, and many others. The Council works to identify key ways in which the Federal Government can advance the goal of involving 3 million new mentors by 2010, and then act on those findings.
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