The Returning Youth programs are designed to assist individuals between the ages of 18 and 26 with the building blocks needed to build a self-sustaining life. Our programs address the roadblock to success by addressing housing, medical and psychological needs, education training, life skills development, community engagement, mentoring, as well as job placement.
We invite you to learn more about our programs below.
Safe Haven Community Center
The Safe Haven Community Center was created so that post-incarcerated young adults have a judgment-free, supportive place to meet, socialize, learn, and partner with their community.
Safe Haven is a low-cost, membership-based, center developed for previously incarcerated 18 to 26 year old’s to gather and feel accepted. Members are provided the opportunity to advance their life skills, participate in educational courses, attend motivational programs, receive job placement assistance, as well as mentorship for growth in various areas.
A one-of-a-kind curriculum crafted by The DREAM Initiative (DREAMi) that consists of 15 self-paced or instructor-facilitated modules. Based on evidence-based theories and practices, these modules teach various aspects of reentry to encourage a successful track and increase the likelihood of desistance by implementing cognitive behavior theories, dialectical behavior practices, and research-proven tactics. By offering various ideas and concepts, Transition Pathways emboldens a shift in one’s mindset. Crafted by a returned citizen for returning citizens, this curriculum addresses the critical areas that present issues for returning citizens and develops strategic, housing, employment, and education plans, resumes, cover letters, and allows for notes to be taken in the modules for future references.
- Strategic Planning and SWOT
- Housing and Employment
- Finances and Budgeting
- Credit and Credit Repair
- Fees and Obligations
- Expungement and Pardon Education information for all 50 states
- Critical Thinking and Decision Making
- Anger Management
- Substance Abuse
- Mental Health and Managing Relationships
- Graduation and Review
Exodus Support Group
Exodus is a six-month, two-phase program and support group for returning and returned citizens looking for solidarity, resources, tips, and a safe place to speak freely. Participants will be walked through the pitfalls and hardships of returning to a society that places an instant stigma and generalization on those looking to get their lives on track, develop strategies for mindset changing, and charting plans for post-release success.
PROJECT 180 is a workforce opportunity and development program geared towards returning and disenfranchised individuals in the United States. With a nationwide focus on recidivism and a likelihood to reoffend, DREAMi has identified a critical void in programmatic curriculum and opportunities that address the apparent need for workforce development, employability, education and tutoring assistance, HiSET prep, therapy, behavior modification, mentoring, substance abuse counseling, and lifestyle navigation.
Statistically, there is a direct relationship between economically disadvantaged communities and the likelihood to commit crimes, as well as a correlation between unemployment, low median incomes, single-parent homes, and educational success. Project 180 works to combat the current statistics through evidence-based programming geared toward a, often, disregarded demographic. Education and employment status are two strong predictors of involvement in criminal and delinquent behavior. Programs that focus on targeted skill development for career preparation can be particularly helpful for those undergoing reentry or currently on destructive paths.
Although we cannot affect an individual's static criminogenic needs, the overall goal of Project 180 is to adjust their dynamic criminogenic needs. With these offerings, we are confident that there will be a significant difference observed in our target demographic.
Career and Entrepreneur Development
The Returning Youth Initiative will be implementing a Nationwide Franchise System providing multiple career and entrepreneur ownership opportunities across various franchise companies (Barbershop, Office Cleaning Services, Florist shop, Restaurants, etc) to returning youth. As the initiative expands we have a goal to establish these franchise businesses throughout the 3142 Counties Nationwide in close proximity to our Safe Haven Community Centers and Home of Hope locations.
HOW IT WORKS:
- We will interview the prospect to identify their work skills to see where they can work best.
- We will provide an Employment Agreement with benefits.
- We will provide the proper training and support
- We will monitor the post incarcerated behavior, punctuality, and work ethics.
- After the post-incarcerated person has demonstrated great work ethics and responsibility, we will offer the opportunity to become their own boss by owning their own Franchise business.
- The Returning Youth Initiative will lend the post-incarcerated youth the total cost of the franchise business with the condition of repaying the loan within 10 years.
- We will ask the Franchise owner to provide the same job opportunity to other returning youth.
- Repeat the same process all over again.