New Opportunities Reentry programs align with our organizational mission by embedding social and emotional support into our organizations culture. Reentry support begins at the point of incarceration and through the transition back to the community and beyond. We believe that through positive connections with New Opportunities teachers, staff and reentry coordinators and continuous support from our community partners we will help to break the cycles of recidivism.
IN REACH - TO OUT REACH
New Opportunities in-reach services are an integral part of our outreach services and reentry program as a whole. We work to make positive connections with our incarcerated students so they know that New Opportunities is a support system available to them both inside the facilities and outside as they transition back into their communities.
Counseling/mental health services
It is recognized that New Opportunities’ students both inside of the correctional facilities and out have a range of unique challenges, which is why all community-based campuses have a mental health clinician who, in conjunction with New Opportunities staff, offer counseling and supportive services on an as needed or on going basis.
individualized case MANAGEMENT
Our counselors are available to all of our students and alumni to support with general case management needs and referrals. Should a student need assistance to fill out applications or access services in their community New Opportunities can be available to help.
All students and alumni are able to get direct referrals to New Opportunities Community partners i.e. work source centers, La kitchen etc. Students and alumni may also meet with New Opportunities counselors for assistance and referrals to life skills classes often required by the court (i.e. parenting, substance abuse, domestic violence, anger management). Additionally New Opportunities counselors can assist to connect students to appropriate psychiatric services and assist those who may be struggling with homelessness.
Alternative SENTENCING program
Currently, New Opportunities has partnered with East Los Angeles Court to pilot an alternative sentencing program. This is a minimum of 12 weeks of programing in which individuals are enrolled into New Opportunities high school diploma program and are required to meet weekly with the on site clinician. New Opportunities is in direct communication with the referring party so as to most appropriately support the individual to meet both the requirements of the court and the individual’s identified needs and goals.
Last year alone, Our Reentry team made over 760 employment and vocational referrals.
Reentry grant program
New Opportunities Organization and its reentry program are constantly working to expand and increase services to its student population. A prime example of this would be the Re-Entry Works program or LEAP Grant that is currently active at Men’s Central Jail.
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Reentry Works is a grant program funded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) initiative, which aims to provide comprehensive career center services to justice-involved individuals. Re-Entry Works program is administered through South bay Workforce Investment Board (SWIB). New Opportunities Organization offers Reentry Works job services to incarcerated individuals at Men’s Central Jail. Reentry Works job counselors lead participants in workshops that include career planning,preparing resumes, interviewing skills and mock interviews, time and money management skills, workplace communication skills, as well as educational and vocational advising and placement. Participants also receive follow up services to help ‘link’ them to faith-based and community support partners to assist them in navigating their job re-entry. Re-Entry Works also works with local business leaders to educate them about the hiring incentives available offering employment opportunities, such as the Federal Bonding program and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. The goal of LEAP is to help participants get started on their workforce reentry at the earliest stage possible, before they leave the facility, allowing them to“LEAP” from jail to jobs.
Our reentry Team
Complimenting New Opportunities Organizations strong academic programs
Our reentry services provide additional support to our students and Alumni. Our reentry team is made up of social workers and para professionals who offer a range of services both inside of the correctional facilities and at our community locations as well as to the community at large. From counseling, individualized case management to financial literacy workshops and expungement workshops, we work hard to meet the wide range of needs our students and our community members have.
Our Reentry team has case managed literally hundreds of life skills course completions and dozens of workshops from financial literacy and anger management to expungement.
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