The OIC National Board of Directors Celebrating

The OIC National Board of Directors Celebrating

OIC OF AMERICA AWARDED DEPARTMENT OF LABOR    RE-ENTRY GRANT FOR $4.5M Opportunities Industrialization Center of America is the Grant Recipient of the Department of Labor’s Re-Entry Program for Young Adults. The Reverend Gregory Holston who is the President and CEO of this organization and who recently held the Poverty Summit, “Philly Solutions for Philly Poverty” will direct the DOL Re-Entry Project which will receive 4.5m over the next three years. Reverend  Holston recognizes the need to eradicate economic disparity and racial injustice through job training programs and advocating for racial and economic justice in America. OIC of America’s Lead affiliate for this grant will be the award winning OIC of South Florida under the leadership of Newton Sanon.   “This grant represents a new model from OIC of America where a lead affiliate like OIC of South Florida duplicates its best practices in other affiliates across the OIC of America Network.  While a sizable portion of these dollars will remain with the national office far and away the majority of these funds will go directly to affiliates to put ex-offenders back to work.” , stated, Rev. Holston . Through this program, youthful offenders who exit the correctional system faced with a myriad of challenges such as lack of education, employment skills,  antisocial attitudes and values, mental health and family issues etc. will now have the opportunity to make a successful transition back to the community. The Re-Entry Program will design programs for adults ages 18-24 and will include evidence based interventions such as mentoring, career pathways, registered apprenticeship, family reunification and other promising practices with a focus on providing occupational training and credentials. Opportunities Industrialization Center of America is a nonprofit organization that consists of 38 affiliates located in 22 different states and employs nearly 1000 employees nationwide and invests nearly $100 million in workforce development and self-sufficiency each year. Reverend Holston is available for interviews to discuss the details of the DOL Re-Entry Project. National Office  215.236.4500 x 222

Continuing to celebrate the achievements of OIC Affiliates

For Immediate Release:

OICSFL selected for the Ford Foundation Re-Entry Study


From left: OIC-SFL President & CEO, Newton Sanon, ICF International Associate, Nicole Pexton, ICF International Senior Manager, Venessa Marks, and Workforce  Development Division Director, Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe.



Broward County, FL – January 25, 2016 – OIC OF SOUTH FLORIDA (OIC) Re-Entry Programs Shines! Selected for the Ford Foundation Re-Entry Study

On January 21st and 22nd, ICF International visited OIC of South Florida to learn about its model and approach to delivering services to returning citizens in the South Florida community.

ICF was tasked by the Ford Foundation to conduct a benchmarking evaluation of the Department of Labor (DOL) Re-Entry programs. ICF is a management, technology, and policy consulting firm based in Fairfax, Virginia, that partners with government, commercial, and not-for-profit clients to deliver professional services and technology.

United States Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration (USDOL-ETA) provided ICF with a list of some 233 programs nationwide that it has funded over the past 10 years. From this list, ICF identified 15 high performing organizations who have met and/or exceeded DOL performance measures. This data was reviewed by ICF and 5 organizations providing Re-Entry services were selected and each participated in a 2 hour informational call. Ultimately, ICF selected only two organizations to visit, the Dannon Project in Alabama and OIC of South Florida.

OIC of South Florida is honored to be one of two programs selected to inform the preparation of the Ford Foundation Re-Entry Study, a study that will be shared with Congress detailing best practice approaches to the delivery of career pathway focused workforce development programs, resulting in the attainment of industry recognized credentials. In addition to identifying opportunities for improvement of Re-Entry services nationwide, the study will be used to identify potential modifications of future DOL Re-Entry services Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA).

About Opportunities Industrialization Centers of South Florida

Opportunities Industrialization Centers of South Florida (OIC-SFL) is a community-based workforce development, education and training organization that prepares individuals for the world of work by reducing barriers to employment, providing comprehensive vocational skills training and fostering youth aspirations through prevention and intervention strategies that support positive youth development and strengthen families. OIC of South Florida (OIC-SFL) prepares our youth and adult participants to lead responsible & productive lives with holistic high-quality and comprehensive life skills development, fundamental education, superior skills-based training and employment readiness services. We assist our students with overcoming barriers through some of the most crucial transition points in their lives: as young adults facing important crossroads, and as adults challenged by unemployment, re-employment, underemployment and/or release from incarceration. Participants learn leadership & coping skills and earn relevant vocational credentials as well as learn how to be capable, reliable and self-sufficient employees with a strong work ethic. OIC-SFL provides leadership, employment and vocational training to thousands of participants per year, including individualized case management and counseling, mentoring, and wrap around support services to address participant needs and barriers. To date, over $40 million dollars have been secured to serve the South Florida community. Since 2001, OIC of South Florida has placed over 6000 community residents into high-demand occupations and serves over 4500 youth annually. Our goal is give everyone the opportunity to realize their potential; to offer a “Hand UP” not a hand out. For more information, visit

For more information, visit Interviews and Media Coverage are available upon request. MEDIA CONTACT: Arlene L. Connelly, Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships,                                 | (954) 563-3535 | ext. 206


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ICF International representatives, Senior Manager, Venessa Marks and Associate, Nicole Pexton, meeting with the OIC-SFL Re-Entry Services Team.

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ICF International meeting with OIC-SFL President & CEO, Newton Sanon; Workforce Development Division Director, Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe; and Director of Quality Assurance and Sustainability, Dr. Icilda Humes.


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ICF International Representatives, OIC-SFL Miami Staff, and Career Pathways Collaborative Members at CareerSource South Florida, Miami.


Opportunities Industrialization Center of South Florida (OIC-SFL) is an affiliate of OIC of America(OICA) and is a proud member of the over 50-year-old national network of employment and training programs bound together by a common commitment to help people realize self-sufficiency through training and jobs.

Please visit us on our website,   Support OIC of South Florida TODAY!

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OICSFL.ORG houses an archive of short videos highlighting our work with adults and youth in the community. To view the videos, click here.



Welcome to OIC of America

OIC of America, Inc. (OICA) is a non-profit organization that operates through a national network of local affiliated organizations. OICA has 38 affiliates in 22 states and the District of Columbia. OICA has forty-seven years of experience in serving the poor, unemployed, underemployed, youth, and families. OIC of America has trained over 2 million people nationwide since its origin…Read More

Reverend Dr. Leon Sullivan, Founder

Rev. Sullivan believed that jobs were the key to the economic development and true empowerment of African Americans rather than a dependence upon public assistance, and founded the very first OIC training center in 1964 in an abandoned jailhouse in North Philadelphia. In addition to holding honorary doctorate degrees from over 50 colleges and universities, Rev. Sullivan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H. W. Bush, honoring him for his “voice of reason for over forty years” and a lifetime of work in helping the economically and socially disadvantaged people in the world…