Young people leaving the juvenile justice system are up against many obstacles as they seek to reintegrate into society. Many return to unstable homes, struggle to stay in school, and lack the skills needed for employment—all factors that increase the likelihood of re-arrest or re-incarceration.
Re-entry programs and resources are critical in improving young people’s odds of success when re-entering their community and in preventing a lifelong cycle of recidivism in the adult criminal justice system. Similarly, preventative programming can help steer at-risk youth away from criminal activity and toward a more positive and productive future.
2nd Opportunity’s youth programming is catered to young people who are already entangled in the juvenile justice system as well as those who are at risk of incarceration. Our courses aim to build their dignity and self-worth while empowering them to improve their lives.
Our program presenters—men and women with lived experience themselves—serve as guides, helping participants build their confidence, providing resources and referrals to help them start down a positive new path, and arming them with the skills and tools they need to transition successfully into adulthood and achieve self-sufficiency.
All of 2nd Opportunity’s adult programming can be tailored to address the issues and challenges unique to the at-risk and justice-impacted youth population in order to give them the tools, resources—and hope—they need to change the trajectory of their lives. Our four methods of delivery—in person, via WebEx or Zoom, online, and via tablet—allow us to adapt to the situation and bring the greatest value and impact to organizations and program participants.
We’re happy to work with organizations to design a custom program to meet their specific needs. Here’s an overview of our standard adult courses:
We know firsthand that resources and support are essential to change the trajectory of your life, which is why enrollment in our programming also includes:
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1 and 2. “The State of America’s Children 2020: Youth Justice.” Children’s Defense Fund, 2020, https://www.childrensdefense.org/policy/resources/soac-2020-youth-justice/.