Proud Parenting Grant Program

The Proud Parenting Grant Program, previously known as the “Young Men as Fathers Program,” was originally established in 1997 under the California Youth Authority. In 2005, the Corrections Standards Authority assumed grant administration responsibility for the program and in 2012, upon its establishment, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) assumed responsibility. The intent of the Proud Parenting Program is to support young parents who are or were involved in the juvenile systems and/or who are considered crossover youth within the child welfare system. Participants must be 25 years old or younger at time of enrollment. This grant program assists participants and their children by supporting approaches that increase parenting knowledge, supports positive parent-child interactions, and improves co-parenting relationships. In addition, the grant helps to provide community linkages and encourages family centered activities to strengthen generational bonding.

The annual state budget historically provides $835,000 for the Proud Parenting Grant Program, all of which is used for grant awards.


2022 Proud Parenting Grantees

At the November 18, 2021 BSCC Board meeting, 9 organizations were awarded a total annual amount of $835,000 in state General Fund dollars. This is a 3-year grant service period beginning January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024. Funding for each subsequent grant year is contingent on appropriation in the State Budget Acts.

2022 Proud Parenting Project Summaries

In alphabetical order:

Grantees/County Location Award Amount Local Evaluation Plan
Family Paths’, Inc. (Alameda County) $200,000 PDF
New Hope for Youth (Santa Clara County) $200,000 PDF
New Opportunities Organization (Los Angeles County) $200,000 PDF
Rite of Passage Adolescent Treatment Centers and Schools, Inc. (Imperial County) $199,996 PDF
Tulare County Office of Education (Tulare County) $200,000 PDF
Unity Care Group (Various Counties) $79,554
Vista Community Clinic (San Diego County) $200,000 PDF
Volunteers of America, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County) $200,000 PDF
Yuba County Office of Education (Yuba County) $190,480 PDF
Year 1 & Year 2 Awards: $1,670,000



2022 Proud Parenting Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP)

The RFP provides information necessary to prepare proposals to the BSCC for grant funds available through the Proud Parenting Grant. It was released on June 11, 2021 with an application due date of August 6, 2021.

Proud Parenting Grant Program RFPopens PDF file


Bidders’ Conference - Agendaopens PDF file

The BSCC held a Bidders’ Conference on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. to answer technical questions from prospective applicants about the RFP and provide clarity on RFP instructions.

Bidders’ Conference PowerPoint Presentationopens PDF file

Bidders' Conference Recording

Proud Parenting Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions/Answersopens PDF file


2022 Proud Parenting Executive Steering Committee Roster

# Name Title Organization/Agency
1 Norma Cumpian Chair BSCC Board Member
Associate Director, Women's and Non-Binary Services
Anti-Recidivism Coalition
2 Manuel Escandon Director, Student Intervention & Prevention Department Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
3 Jeff Goldman Juvenile Program Manager Nevada County Probation
4 Michelle House Health Program Supervisor Monterey County Public Health
5 Gordon Jackson National Director SACJJDP Member PROTECT, 3Strands Global Foundation
6 Christina Ruiz Public Affairs Spokesperson, Youth Advocate, Lived Experience Childhelp