Virtual Workforce Development Opportunity

Our next cohort of programming for Workforce Ready will begin in March/April of 2021. As a reminder, Workforce Ready is a FREE 6-week virtual program valued at over $5,000 that offers short, online courses for youth (including justice involved youth, foster youth, youth with disabilities, home insecure, and others) to develop essential non-technical skills- including time management, creative problem solving, resume building, communication skill development, and professional relationship building.

After completion, participants receive a UNITE-LA x Cornerstone OnDemand WorkforceReady Certificate of Completion and will be placed on a priority list of “Job Ready” candidates for our employer partners (including Fortune 500 companies, tech firms, and many others). Please note that justice involved youth will receive a $100 gift card after completion of the program.

We will host an information session of the program in mid-January 2021.

Please fill this short survey if you’re interested in receiving more information. Also, feel free to contact Geraldine Jaimerena, at with questions and concerns.

Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to educate the public, shift narratives and ultimately change policy.

The best way to ensure that California chooses progress, not prisons, is to share with our community what we stand to lose. We want to hear from YOU about the real-life impact that overspending on prisons has on your home and/or community.
Click here to tell your story

Felony convictions in California come with almost 5,000 legal obstacles that block people from stability and opportunity long after they have served their time. Share how you, your loved one or your community have been affected by barriers related to felony convictions.
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Help support and improve California’s reentry programs

Volunteer for a Research Study

The purpose of the study is to identify elements of reentry programs formerly incarcerated individuals found useful in obtaining and retaining employment

You may be eligible to participate in the study if you:

  • Were formerly incarcerated in the state of California
  • Participated in a reentry program while incarcerated and/or after leaving prison
  • Have held a job for a minimum of six months

All information is confidential, and your name will not be associated
with the study. To participate or for more information, please contact

LARRP Member, Bill Curtis, Ed.D. Candidate, American College of Education

CCJBH Snapshot of the 2020-21 California State Budget


Survey: Employment and Application Experiences with A Criminal Record

Root and Rebound wants to support YOU in getting a job you want. Many employers unfairly consider records in the hiring process -- and their consideration may even be illegal under state law.

We created this survey to better understand your experience in applying for jobs in order for us to support you and others with criminal records as you apply for employment.

Take the Survey

Cash for College Opportunity

L.A. Cash for College is providing a series of free virtual workshops to students, families, and community members throughout Los Angeles County. There will also be scholarship drawings for all students that participate!

For all workshops and links to register, please visit Please reach out to María Marquez Alvarez, at for additional information.

Survey on assessing resources and services for formerly incarcerated populations

Created by Public Health Professional, Nirshila Chand


One Step Forward

An online guide for individuals & families looking for services, guidance on life after jail, prison, homelessness, substance abuse, mental health and job placement.

Learn MoreUn guía para individuos anteriormente encarcelados y familias afectadas por la Guerra contra las Drogas

Important Survey Results

The team at Root & Rebound is grateful to the many partners and CBOs who have filled out the Reentry Services Provider survey form, so we can better coordinate statewide support to people coming home from incarceration in California during the COVID-19 pandemic.
HERE are the responses to this survey, which include reentry services in counties across the state.
The application for the 2020-2021 cohort of the California Justice Leaders (CJL) is NOW OPEN!!

California Justice Leaders-AmeriCorps (CJL). CJL is a first of its kind AmeriCorps program that intentionally hires young adults who have had previous involvement with the justice system and have demonstrated successful re-entry into their communities.

CJL members will offer coaching and re-entry navigation for youths currently in or recently released from California’s juvenile facilities. As part of the job, CJL members also receive extensive personal and professional training and development.

REGISTER NOW! Space is Limited

LAHSA Safe Parking Program

This programs provide people experiencing vehicular homelessness in Los Angeles County with safe, legal places to park and sleep overnight, and provide connections to case management and supportive services.

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National Survey for People with Incarcerated Loved Ones During COVID-19

Essie Justice Group and Color of Change are asking for people with incarcerated loved ones to share their experiences of having someone incarcerated during the COVID-19 pandemic through their national survey.


SHARE! Collaborative Housing Vacancies

As of the week of June 8th, SHARE! Collaborative Housing currently has 22 immediate vacancies for men, 12 immediate vacancies for women, and 1 LGBTQ+ vacancy. A full list of our vacancies, including locations and rent per month, can be found below.

SHARE! Collaborative Housing is now taking calls Monday through Friday from 1pm – 6pm. During that time we can connect the interested party directly with homeowners so they can make appointments to see the houses they’re interested in. We can also give them more information about what the SHARE! Collaborative Housing program offers and the process we work through.

The number to call is 1-877-742-7349. That's the number in the housing office, and it's toll-free.

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Project Return
Peer Professional Training and Placement Program
Zoom based, online course. Accepting applications on a continual basis!
The Peer Professional Training & Placement program prepares people who are, or who have been, consumers of mental health services for roles in the public mental health system as employees or volunteers, able to support the recovery of others and transform our mental health systems through the skillful use of lived experience.