Individuals With Criminal Justice Involvement

 

Community Re-Integration

The transition from prison to community presents many hurdles, as individuals navigate family relationships, physical and mental health issues, and social reintegration. Employment helps formerly incarcerated people gain economic stability and reduces the likelihood that they return to prison. Seedco takes a person-centered approach that considers each individual’s full range of needs, from health and housing to income.

West Baltimore Career Pathways Collaborative Turning Point Memphis

  Re-entering into Society to Excel |

Bridges to Careers: Supporting Justice-Involved Young Adults

West Baltimore Career Pathways Collaborative

Seedco’s West Baltimore Career Pathways Collaborative engages local employers, service providers, and correctional agencies in establishing career pathways for individuals coming out of the criminal justice system. By helping individuals find a job and establish a path for advancement, Seedco improves their chances of successfully integrating into their communities and staying out of prison.

Since 2015, our program implements training and placement around locally in-demand sectors, including manufacturing and construction, and integrates:

  • access to training, education, and career development services;
  •  case management to address life issues that are barriers for success; and
  • job placement to connect participants in long-term, well-paying jobs

A key partner in outreach and service delivery is Bon Secours Community Works. Other local partners in the West Baltimore CPC include the Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board, the Mayor’s Office of Human Services – ReEntry Division, and Job Opportunities Task Force. The US Department of Labor funds this program.

Turning Point Memphis

Because young adults with a criminal justice history have higher rates of recidivism than older adults, they need a strong support system to re-integrate into their home communities. Seedco initiated its Turning Point Memphis program in 2017 to help young adults coming out of the justice system to get job training and placement in a high-demand sector. In addition, the program provides comprehensive case management, with access to specialized services from partner providers to address health, legal, housing, and other needs. We place a high priority on personal stability, so young adults can focus on employment goals. Participants can also take part in a Young Adults Advisory Council and provide leadership to their peers.

The US Department of Labor funds this program.

Re-entering into Society to Excel

Building upon the partnerships and systems established across its other local programs serving those with a criminal history background, Seedco established its RISE program in 2018 to improve employment outcomes for adults who have been incarcerated or recently released in the Memphis metropolitan region, including West Memphis, Arkansas.

Seedco’s program integrates case management, job readiness, occupational training, connections to apprenticeship, placement in employment, financial coaching, parenting skills, mentoring, legal services, enrollment in public benefits, and follow-up care. Our strengths are strong community relationships that expand the resources available to participants, including literacy and education, legal services, and health care. Partnerships provide opportunities in distribution and logistics, food, and construction sectors, all experiencing strong job growth locally.

The US Department of Labor funds this program.

Bridges to Careers: Supporting Justice-Involved Young Adults

Starting in 2018, Seedco is scaling its impact in positively affecting employment among young adults that have involvement in the juvenile or adult criminal justice system. The program implements a national model, while integrating localized approaches in New York, Maryland, Tennessee, and Arkansas. The comprehensive program focuses on in-demand industries and combines:

  • case management and assessment
  • occupational training and credential attainment
  • placement in employment
  • supportive services, such as financial coaching, parenting skills workshops, mentoring, enrollment in public benefits, and follow-up care

Service in Six States

We have a program specific to Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, New York, and Tennessee – and we are always on the lookout for new communities

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