LA Youth from the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (courtesy of
EWDD and the City’s Workforce Development Board were awarded a $790,000 grant that provides funding for EWDD programs dedicated to improving reentry outcomes for incarcerated youth.

Awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) through the Second Chance Act Program, the grant supports counties and states in refining and implementing improved collaborative strategies to address the challenges that reentry and recidivism reduction pose.

The grant period is for two years and began on October 1, 2017.

EWDD and WDB will apply the funds to the Los Angeles Performance Pilot Partnership (LAP3) to implement a regional plan to reduce juvenile recidivism rates and improve education, workforce, and housing outcomes for disconnected youth. This integrated approach includes supporting positive social relationships for youth through educational and vocational training, promoting positive social relationships during reintegration into the community and education programs that provide parenting skills for incarcerated and post release parents, along with support services, legal aid, work readiness, development, and job placement.

Using the LAP3 model, the grant funding will be used toward a program modeled on several of EWDD’s successful major initiatives, including:
  • Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center High Risk High Need (HRHN) Program that serves probation youth ages 16-19 referred by school-based Probation Officers. Services include job readiness and financial literacy training, college preparation, college tours and other youth development activities.
  • Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center Second Chance Program that serves probation youth ages 16-24 through training in green construction technologies. The program also provides intensive case management, mental health/substance abuse counseling and job readiness training.
  • Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE), which has built a pathway from unemployment, to transitional employment, to permanent work for youth or individuals that have been previously homeless and/or incarcerated

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 10/02/2017. Read this issue and more.