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.