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…


Opportunities Industrialization Center of America is the Grant Recipient of the Department of Labor’s Re-Entry Program for Young Adults. 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. 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.