Initiatives

Our national office staff performs their work through two specialized divisions: Public/Private Sector Coordination and Office of National Literacy Programs.

If you are interested in any of our current program initiatives/demonstration efforts or would like to know how to establish an OIC in your community, please email us at info@oicofamerica.org

The Department of Labor Reentry Program

OIC of America through the U.S.  Department of Labor is administering the following program through three of our affiliates: OIC South Florida, Summit Academy OIC and American Indian OIC both in MN.
The Reentry Demonstration Projects for Young Adults provides the opportunity for OICA to build a customized project built on evidence-based and informed interventions.

This project will serve young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 who have been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system and reside in high-poverty, high-crime communities.

Youthful offenders who exit the correctional system are faced with a myriad of challenges that include a lack of education and employment skills, antisocial attitudes and values, mental health and substance abuse problems, medical issues, lack of housing, and family issues.
The focus of this initiative is to assist communities in planning and implementing comprehensive “reentry” programs to address the full range of challenges involved in helping young offenders released from incarceration make a successful transition back to the community. The intent of this initiative is to protect community safety through the successful reintegration of offenders returning to the community by ensuring that offenders:

• become productive, responsible, and law-abiding citizens;
• are provided with positive opportunities to engage in pro-social activities such as employment or education;
• maintain long-term employment;
• sustain a stable residence; and
• successfully address their substance abuse issues and mental health needs.

Career & Academic Development Institute (CADI) / Creative Learning Academy (CLA)

CADI LogoThe Career & Academic Development Institute and The Creative Learning Academy are two of the accelerated, alternative high schools within the School District of Philadelphia, managed by OIC of America. The schools provide academic and developmental transitional services to diverse student populations with many coming from low income and underserved communities. CADI and CLA provide educational services to over-age under-credentialed students who are returning to high school to earn their diploma. The schools offer a variety of teacher-led classes, web-based instruction and extra-curricular activities to ensure that students are engaged. Upon entrance, each student selects a post-secondary option (pre-college, trade school, or workforce) and is given the appropriate exposure and classroom activities to complement their chosen option. Funded by the School District of Philadelphia.

Creative Learning Academy (CLA)
The Career & Academic Development Institute and The Creative Learning Academy are two of the accelerated, alternative high schools within the School District of Philadelphia, managed by OIC of America. The schools provide academic and developmental transitional services to diverse student populations with many coming from low income and underserved communities. CADI and CLA provide educational services to over-age under-credentialed students who are returning to high school to earn their diploma. The schools offer a variety of teacher-led classes, web-based instruction and extra-curricular activities to ensure that students are engaged. Upon entrance, each student selects a post-secondary option (pre-college, trade school, or workforce) and is given the appropriate exposure and classroom activities to complement their chosen option. Funded by the School District of Philadelphia

Healthy Marriage Education Project
The Healthy Marriage Education Project provided healthy relationship education and awareness to high school students ages 14-18 years old in public, private, charter and alternative school settings. OICA worked in partnership with both community and faith-based organizations in support of their efforts to educate youth about the importance of building healthy relationships that hopefully will evolve into a healthy marriage someday. OICA’s specially trained staff delivered healthy relationship education, community presentations and special events to youth and their families throughout Philadelphia County. Funded by the US Department of Health & Human Services- Administration for Children and Families.

Green Jobs Innovation Fund (GJIF)
The OICA Green Jobs Innovation Fund project provided pre-apprenticeship and registered apprentice­ship opportunities, and integrated technical and basic skills training for unemployed individuals and dislocated and incumbent workers. These pro­grams provided career pathways for those in need of new or updated skills or certifications in 15 oc­cupations and 19 training programs within five target green industries: Renewable Electrical Power; Energy Efficient Building, Construction & Retrofit; Transportation; Recycling & Waste Reduction, and Manufacturing.
Since 2011, OICA GJIF services provided services to over 2,000 individuals in seven OIC communities: Arizona OIC, Phoenix, AZ; JobTrain, Menlo Park, CA; OIC of South Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL; OIC of Rhode Island, Providence, RI; Big Step, Racine, WI; OIC of Wilson, Wilson, NC; and Summit Academy OIC, Twin Cities, MN. Funding for GJIF was provided by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Pathways Out of Poverty Green Jobs Training Program (POP)
The Pathways Out of Poverty Program is providing “green” training to over 1,350 unemployed individuals, high school dropouts, and individuals with a criminal record in high poverty areas of Broward County, FL, Asheville, NC and Phoenix, AZ. Through our OIC affiliates in these areas, OICA is assisting disadvantaged, under-resourced and chronically unemployed individuals to access services and training opportunities that provide a pathway-out-of-poverty into living-wage Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy industry jobs. Funded by the Employment and Training Administration/>& of the US Department of Labor through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
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The Worldwide Virtual Academy (WVA) hosted a network for the delivery of information, educational training and related services that targeted specific areas of interest in accessible and convenient formats. It included such areas as how to learn using distance learning technologies, practicing diversity and cultural competency, supplier diversity, entrepreneurship, small business development, faith-based related training, wellness, professional or trade certification programs, content research, and other areas of basic and higher education. Its partnership approach results in a conduit between institutions of higher learning, schools, and/or corporations for the exchange of resources necessary for higher learning and understanding.