Learning Session 2-8 Young Adults and Reentry

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Young Adults involved in the criminal justice system face additional barriers to success. Often these young adults return to their communities with little or no work experience and limited educational attainment. These young people also often lack the skills to effectively navigate multiple complex systems as they try to get their lives back on track. This workshop will provide information about service delivery
strategies designed to maximize the potential for success for young adults with criminal histories. Hear about two local Massachusetts program models that effectively address the unique needs of young adult offenders as they reintegrate.

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Learning Session 2-8 Young Adults and Reentry

  1. 1. YouthBuild Boston’s Civic Action Corps Initiative funded through the U.S. Department of Labor Presenters: Michael Chavez, Director of Programs, YouthBuild Boston, Mia Alvarado, Executive Director, Roxbury Youthworks Inc.
  2. 3. <ul><li>History of the Community GEMS Coalition </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Investment by Citizens Bank </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Annual Fundraising Event </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public Forums </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Program Improvement and Support </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. GEMS Community Service Partnership 500 Women & YouthBuild Service at CSR MLK Day of Service at CSR CSR Playground
  4. 5. Partners Roles in the Civic Action Corps YBB: Lead agency, skills training & service, programming RYI: Intensive case management and mentoring CSR: Mental health services, behavioral growth measurements, housing (shelters), restorative justice seminars HERC: P ost-secondary educational supports, after-care mentoring, La Alianza Hispana: Educational support (GED and ESL)
  5. 6. <ul><li>Program Components </li></ul><ul><li>Service Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Learning Handbook, Corporate Engagement Model </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Job Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Landscape training, construction training, licensed professionals at YBB </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Restorative Justice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing curriculum, drawing on best practices in field, MJE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>La Alianza, YBB Head Teacher </li></ul></ul>Dever-McCormack School Clean Up, Dorchester Construction Training
  6. 7. <ul><li>Outcomes, Measures and Goals for 1 st Year </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of a community-based planning and oversight framework </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of 4-5 large-scale community service projects </li></ul><ul><li>Significant educational progress (progress toward GED completion, high- school re-entry, and/or college matriculation for more than 75% of participating youth </li></ul><ul><li>Significant career progress (identification of career pathways, acquisition of industry-recognized certifications, and permanent job placement for more than 80% of participating youth </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction in recidivism (80% of participants incurring no new charges over 18 months) </li></ul><ul><li>Significant, measurable changes in key attitudes and perceptions on the part of participating youth & community residents </li></ul>

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