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.