A non-profit youth group in Ventura County has received a major grant to try to help kids who get in trouble with the law from being repeat offenders.
The Boys And Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme are getting $600,000 from the federal Department of Justice to create a reentry aftercare mentoring program.
The goal is to reduce recidivism rates by 25 percent.
The local organization has a proven track record, with one of its pilot programs keeping 85 percent of its participants from turning into repeat offenders.
The local Boys and Girls Clubs unit is one of only nine organizations of its type across the country to get one of these federal grants to develop a full scale program.
It will merge two existing pilot programs, and will try to recruit about 20 community volunteers to help with the effort.