OIC’s national office, OIC of America, was awarded $9M Department of Labor (DOL) re-entry grant to serve young adults between the ages of 18 – 24 who have been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system. Today, a select group of OIC affiliates are executing a national initiative named SOAR (Skills and Opportunities for Achievement & Responsibility) to reduce recidivism, as a response to mass incarceration in the U.S.
The nationwide SOAR program applies a comprehensive “reentry” strategy to address a range of challenges in helping formerly incarcerated young adults make a successful transition back into their communities. This program takes a surgical approach to reduce recidivism using the evidence-based model Integrated Re-entry and Employment Strategies (IRES) to place participants on a sustainable career path, while working to prevent future involvement with the justice system. The model was first tested by OIC of South Florida and is now being replicated throughout the OIC network.
“[South Florida OIC] truly is a blessing to the community by assisting the under-employed, unemployed, and ex-offenders population with training and job placement assistance programs.”
“This experience gave me the confidence to return to a normal life, a normal home, and the ability to use my homelessness to empower those who struggle as I have.”
“What a wonderful place with wonderful people that truly and genuinely want to help you!”
“Tremendous thanks to JobTrain and its financial supporters for giving me the opportunity to graduate in Culinary Arts….God Bless to you good people at JobTrain and EDD as well!!”
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