“We want to make our community a better place through education and the enlisting of our citizens to bring services to those in need. We accomplish our mission through our core values. We strongly believe that everyone deserves a second chance in life. We all know that no one is perfect. In life we all have to live and learn. Some of us are fortunate to have had access to the resources necessary to obtain the basic necessities in life. Others are not as fortunate and have to result to drastic measures to sustain a meaningful lifestyle.” -Sean Miller
Advocate for the Convicted Felon is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was incorporated in 2011. Advocate for the Convicted Felon mission is to serve and provide resources to at-risk youth who have been released from detention centers in the Lincoln community of Nebraska. Advocate for the Convicted Felon was initially constructed by Sean Miller, born and raised in New York City, whom has first-hand experience with communal hardships that are still occurring with youth today. In 2010, Nebraska served as the third highest state for juvenile lock-up rate (Joe Duggan), with 32% of released youth re-offending (Matteson). In response, G.O.D. First began assisting in lowering the percentage rate of youth being re-incarcerated by providing approximately six youth with resources to transition successfully back into society.
Advocate for the Convicted Felon is uniquely designed to bring together community agencies and adults as mentors to youth with a specific goal of reducing youth re-incarceration and increasing resources for their sustainability. Youth crime leading to incarceration can be attributed to lack of education, available jobs and skills to obtain gainful employment (Office of Violence Prevention). Advocate for the Convicted Felon will continue to serve youth through finances, mentorship, assistance with educational goals and by securing vocational training courses with objectives of helping with (1) transitioning costs, (2) applicable life skills, (3) job placement and (4) legal services. Advocate for the Convicted Felon will seek to decrease the number of youth lacking any of these objectives by assisting 60 or more youth during a twelve-month-period by providing 480 hours of comprehensive intervention.