Mission: Connecticut appleseed's mission is to develop solutions for the causes, rather than the symptoms, of our state's social problems. We deploy volunteer lawyers and other professionals to achieve systemic changes through legal and legislative advocacy, negotiation, education and other initiatives.
Programs: 1) clicc the centers connecting through literacy incarcerated parents, children and caregivers program (clicc) made further progress in 2017, winning a grant to satisfy mentoring and literacy needs for incarcerated parents and their children throughout the state. Clicc aims to reduce recidivism and facilitate successful reentry outcomes by reconnecting incarcerated parents and their children by using a family literacy curriculum and providing supportive mentors. The contract paid $40,564 for planning during 2017, with a total of up to $662,000 over six years, subject to the state of connecticuts subsequent appropriations of funding. In 2016, connecticut appleseed concluded its three-year $294,000 second chance act grant from the u. S. Department of justice for clicc. Over the term of the grant, clicc expanded beyond an initial two connecticut state prisons, in collaboration with connecticuts department of corrections. During that period, clicc also expanded geographically beyond solely children of incarcerated parents in southern connecticut to reach families in the hartford region as well. (see notes 2 and 6. )cliccs second chance act grant is entitled adult mentoring and transitional services for successful reentry program: mentoring of adult offenders: promoting successful reentry through responsible father / motherhood". The clicc program mitigates two pressing challenges: 1) below-average literacy rates of incarcerated parents and their children, and 2) strained, often destructive relationships among families which include an incarcerated parent. Reinforcing the literacy skills of re-entering inmates and their children will help to ease their transition, help the family move forward more cohesively and better equip former inmates to enter the workforce. Pairs of clicc mentors and children have been matched since the program began in bridgeport, new haven, norwalk, trumbull, west haven and hartford. The families served by clicc mentors in 2016 and 2015 include about 20 parents and 30 children participants each year. Pro bono services estimated at 425 hours, valued at $31,875. Cash expenses for program = $180,288.
pro-bono program services, excluded from form 990 expenses. The same amount is subtracted below, $126,535.
total program service expenses. For further program service information, refer to schedule o, and the summary of in-kind (pro bono) services. It has not been practicable to allocate total program expenses to each of the major programs.