Become an Initiate Justice Outside Organizer!

The Institute of Impacted Leaders is a 12-week organizing and leadership training for people who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration.

If you are in San Diego, Bakersfield, San Jose, and Santa Barbara, apply now!

Deadline to apply: June 18th

Defy Ventures Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Program

The Defy Ventures Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is a 14-week program for people with criminal histories who want to explore entrepreneurship and develop their small business idea into formal business concept and pitch. The program is designed for adults (18 and over) who are stable in their reentry (employed and housed), have been out of custody for at least 6 months and have time to invest in the program. There is no cost for this program.

Recruitment and Admissions Timeline:

  • June 1 - 1st Virtual Info Session led by Defy Staff
  • June 1 - Online Application Opens
  • June 15 - 2nd Virtual Info Session led by Defy Staff
  • July 12 - Classes Begin

More Info: quan@defyventures.org
Apply here: https://forms.gle/RCz33SY8mCec8Nzs9

Youth Advisory Council

Application Deadline April 2, 2021

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Women’s Foundation of California – Local Women’s Policy Institute Application

WPI-Local is an experiential, year-long fellowship open to community-based advocates from all 58 counties in California who want to address the inequities embedded in public institutions. The fellowship delivers training and tools, builds networks, and develops leadership skills to advance local policy campaigns and build power throughout the state.

To apply you will need a team of three or four collaborators and an idea for a local-level policy project that will advance racial, economic, and gender justice.

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ABC

"All of us or None" is putting together a coalition to manage the California work of abolition - Abolishing Bondage Collectively (ABC). As the year progresses, we will be rolling out a comprehensive strategy, engaging the media and influencers, lawmakers and other entities, and centering your voice around this issue. We would welcome your full participation in the coalition. It will take all of us working together and sharing resources to finally eliminate this vestige of slavery. Please sign up for the ABC coalition and join the fight for freedom today. Register

Mental Health First Aid Training

 

Olive Support Services is happy to announce our free upcoming training in Mental Health First Aid. A certificate is issued upon successful completion of this virtual training

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Uncuffed, wants to speak with people who were recently incarcerated in CDCR prisons. Compensation will be $50 per participant. For an application or more information, please email uncuffed@kalw.org

Youth Empowerment Project

LARRP Partner, Tarzana Treatment Center, has a new program. It will provide diversion services to SFV youth referred through diversion programs at LAUSD schools, LAC Probation Department, Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD), and Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC). They are also looking to recruit participants through referrals, from the community, and word of mouth!

Diversion services will include onsite screening, intake and assessment, intensive case management, cognitive behavioral group therapy, pro-social enrichment activities, workshops, and more! One of the main goals of the project is to provide youth with the support, services, and skills they need to be successful in the program and beyond to avoid involvement with the juvenile justice system. We want to instill youth with not only anti-recidivism resources but also connections that they can use as they navigate young adulthood.

If you think you may have youth who would benefit from this program or would like to learn more about what we are offering, please contact Celinia Lopez at 818-996-1051 ext. 1416 and by email at clopez@tarzanatc.org!

 

Free Training Opportunities from HHCLA and LAHSA!

Homeless Health Care Los Angeles’ Training and Education Department will offer three separate curricula through the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Centralized Training Academy:

  • Curriculum I: Care Coordination and Systems Navigation
    (Intended for Entry Level and Newly Hired Staff)
  • Curriculum II: Applied Care Coordination and Systems Navigation
    (Intended for Mid-Level Direct Service Staff)
  • Curriculum III: Supervisory Training for Homeless Service Providers (Intended for Supervisory Staff) 

Each curriculum will be comprised of 35 hours of training. Each day will host 7 hours of training. Curriculum I will take place over the span of 5 consecutive business days, while Curricula II and III will meet once every two weeks (holidays providing). Trainees who attend all 5 modules of a curriculum will be awarded a Certificate of Completion unique to that curriculum.

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Orange County Churches Host Eviction Diversion Application Help Sessions


Spectrum News 13 By Molly Duerig Orange County, Dec. 03, 2020

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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 gjaimerena@unitela.com 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.
Click here to tell your story

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 4participants2020@gmail.com

CCJBH Snapshot of the 2020-21 California State Budget

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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

Homeless healthcare Los Angeles Case Management Training

Modules are once a week for nine consecutive weeks. Please review dates carefully before registering.


Cohort 64 launching June 22nd!

Module 01 - June 22. 2021
Module 02 & 03 - June 29, 2021
Module 04 - July 6, 2021
Module 05 - July 13, 2021
Module 06 - July 20, 2021
Module 07 - July 27, 2021
Module 08 - August 3, 2021
Module 09 - August 10, 2021
Module 10 - August 17, 2021

REGISTER and More Info

Cohort 65 launching June 23rd!

Module 01 - June 23. 2021
Module 02 & 03 - July 1 2021
Module 04 - July 8, 2021
Module 05 - July 15, 2021
Module 06 - July 22, 2021
Module 07 - July 29, 2021
Module 08 - August 5, 2021
Module 09 - August 12, 2021
Module 10 - August 19, 2021

REGISTER and More Info

It's time to apply for a JFLA student loan!

Limited funding is available for full time students. JFLA will be lending a maximum of $7,500 per year to full time students.. Please see the chart below for the maximum loan amount for your program. Click here to lean more about our education loans.

Apply Today!

Current JFLA loan recipients: If you would like to re-apply for another loan, please email info@jfla.org. Please do not use the online application.

Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles

Cohort 61 launching April 7th!
More INFO and REGISTER

Cohort 62 launching April 9th!
More INFO and REGISTER

Cohort 63 launching April 20th!
More INFO and REGISTER

CPL CAB Overview.docxCalifornia Policy Lab
Community Advisory Board

Help Guide Our Homelessness Prevention Research

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Free Fitness with LARRP Partner The Phoenix

The Phoenix takes a new approach to recovery by fostering healing through fitness and personal connection. We offer activities for everyone – from weightlifting and boxing to running, hiking, and yoga.

Click Here to find a live class near you

Click Here For LA Schedule March
Click Here For Long Beach Schedule March

Facebook Link for the full schedule

AV Transitional Housing Program for adult males with qualified housing vouchers.

Olive Support Services is now accepting applications for February move-in. Please send referrals our way. Pleas contact us with any questions at 818-679-9166.

Download the flyer for more info

Project Place

Project Place is a free monthly listing of rental properties for low-income, senior, and veteran residents throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Information on COVID-19 renter protections, rental assistance, and transitional housing is also included.

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Defy Ventures Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Program

Defy Bootcamp Info SheetA 14-week program for people with criminal histories who want to explore entrepreneurship and develop their small business idea into formal business concept and pitch. The program is designed for adults (18 and over) who are stable in their reentry (employed and housed), have been out of custody for at least 6 months and have time to invest in the program. There is no cost for this program.

Recruitment and Admissions Timeline:

  • January 26, 6-7 pm - 1st Virtual Info Session led by Defy Staff
  • February 1 - Online Application Opens
  • February 9, 6-7 pm - 2nd Virtual Info Session led by Defy Staff
  • March 1 - Classes Begin

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Upsolve

Upsolve is a nonprofit web app that helps low-income Americans who can't afford a lawyer get a financial fresh start by filing for bankruptcy protection on their own. Upsolve helps people erase crushing debts. Thousands of people use Upsolve to recover from medical bills, credit card debt, and layoffs.

UPSOLVE

To learn more, check out Upsolve's guide to filing bankruptcy for free in California.

illume Restorative Culture Shift Institute Application

illume: Restorative Culture Shift Institute is a comprehensive 6-month Restorative Justice training program starting in January 2021. Participants will immerse themselves in Restorative Justice training to learn about the foundations of Restorative Justice through experiential learning modalities. Through training and coaching sessions, participants will cultivate a values-centered and identity-conscious approach to Restorative Justice with a lens of cultural humility, and intersectional empathy. Moreover, participants will develop dialogue and facilitation skills aligned with creating restorative spaces through games & teambuilders, Community Building and Harm & Conflict Circles, and relationship-building communication. illume: Restorative Culture Shift Institute will serve to prepare cohort members to implement restorative practices across a variety of contexts, including homes, schools, workplaces and communities.

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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 yourfuturela.com Please reach out to María Marquez Alvarez, at malvarez@unitela.com for additional information.

Survey on assessing resources and services for formerly incarcerated populations

Created by Public Health Professional, Nirshila Chand

TAKE THE SURVEY!

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.

A Restorative Conversation Toolkit

This toolkit was compiled by nuri nusrat and designed by Danbee Kim (https://ooristudio.com). This toolkit is for anyone who wants to practice talking about conflict, things that are hard to talk about, things that hurt, in an attempt to: 1. understand the person in front of you; 2. address the impacts of harm, mutual harms, conflicts and more; 3. support those impacted in getting what they need to move forward in a way that supports their healing

CLICK HERE for the Toolkit

Bright Prospect is open for recruitment

Bright Prospect is a FREE, non-profit, college-access program founded and based in Pomona. Since 2002, we have worked with PUSD students starting in 9th grade all the way until they graduate from college!

Bright Prospect is open for recruitment for students that will enter 9th or 10th grade in the fall in PUSD. The Bright Prospect Interest Form to register your student can be found here: 

APPLY TO BE AN LA COUNTY YOUTH COMMISSIONER:

The LA County Youth Commission is accepting applications for its first cohort of Youth Commissioners. To learn more, the Youth Commission is hosting Information and Listening Sessions this week. Click here for the full schedule and sign up for a session here. You can also apply directly on the Youth Commission website.

Applications for the Youth Commissioners close June 4, 2021

Help support and improve California's Reentry Programs
Volunteer for a Reentry Program Research Study

To participate or for more information, please contact Bill Curtis, Ed.D. Candidate, American College of Education wmcurtis@umich.edu

A Step to Freedom

We currently have beds available at our FSP housing site for both men and women.

www.asteptofreedom.org

SECTOR

New Opportunities For Job Success After Incarceration With County-Wide “Sector” Program

Innovative program combines training, paid work experience, and mental health support to help participants enter high-growth sectors with living wage careers

The Los Angeles County Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR), together with six community-based partner organizations, has launched Skills and Experience for the Careers of Tomorrow (SECTOR), a $4 million annual program aimed at helping people who have been to jail or prison or otherwise involved in the justice system develop the skills they need for well-paying jobs with opportunities for career advancement. Offered across Los Angeles County, the program combines an innovative sector-based approach with services tailored to the needs of people impacted by the justice system to help them get back to work and obtain fulfilling careers.

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DAAC Looking for folks affected by the criminal-legal system

As you may know, the District Attorney Accountibility Coaltion (DAAC) is working on a project to counter the negative backlash LADA’s progressive reforms have received. We will make a series of 1 to 2 minute videos addressing the Los Angeles District Attorney’s new progressive directives to share on social media and websites.

We are still seeking individuals who may be able to address the following issues:

  • Victims’ services—Victims of a violent crime who would have benefitted from the services in the link
  • Victims who support the other reforms/directives
  • Misdemeanors—An individual who was charged with trespass, disturbing the peace, driving without a license, criminal threats, drug or paraphernalia possession, minor in possession of alcohol, drinking in public, under the influence, public intoxication, loitering, loitering to commit prostitution, or resisting arrest AND suffered long-term impacts.
  • Bail—Someone who was held in jail for a minor crime because he or she was unable to pay cash bail.

If you or anyone you know may be willing to appear in a short video addressing any of the issues listed above, please contact Megan at megan.baca@lls.edu or (415) 424-7517.

Centralized Training Academy

Homeless Health Care Los Angeles and LAHSA will be launching additional cohorts of our Care Coordination and System Navigation Training, Applied Care Coordination & System Navigation, and Supervisory trainings, along with topical modules for Boundaries and Ethics, Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, and Working with Challenging Behaviors. These trainings serve to increase the capacity of homeless service providers operating within the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) through the provision of foundational training and professional development for direct service staff as they enter and continue to work within the homeless services sector.

Registration for all trainings will go LIVE at 8:00 AM PST on Tuesday, January 26th on the LAHSA Centralized Training Academy website: HERE 

Each course will be listed under either the "Care Coordination and Systems Navigation" or "Essential Skills" tabs on the left-hand menu

LARRP Partner - Commissary Club is new Social Network for formerly Incarcerated People

Y Combinator-backed employment platform 70 Million Jobs is launching a new social network geared toward helping formerly incarcerated individuals connect with each other. While 70 Million Jobs focuses on helping people with criminal records find jobs, Commissary Club wants to serve as a place for folks to find community.

Commissary Club link

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NIC announces new e-courses around correctional healthcare

The National Institute of Corrections is excited to announce three new e-courses around correctional healthcare and infection control, prevention and response - now available in its Learning Center! Information about each course and the respective learning objectives are outlined below:

  • Role of the Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator
  • Principles of Infection Control and Prevention
  • Corrections Outbreak Response

Developed by subject matter experts and leaders in infection control in correctional environments, these e-Courses provide practitioners with additional resources and training, supplementing the training that their home agencies make available. NIC’s eLearning opportunities allow busy correctional practitioners to learn at a pace that is comfortable for them – anytime, anywhere!

Register in the learning center today

Root & Rebound - Roadmap to Reentry

A California legal guide for people in reentry and their advocates.

Covers in Detail the following Topics:

  • The Building Blocks Of Reentry: Getting Id & Other Key Documents, Voting & Civic Participation
  • Parole & Probation
  • Housing
  • Public Benefits
  • Employment
  • Court-Ordered Debt
  • Family & Children
  • Education
  • Understanding & Cleaning Up Your Criminal Record
  • Tribal Issues
  • Immigration
  • Legal Aid Providers In California
  • Social Services In California

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Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, “Elder” Freeman Policy Fellowships and Communications Fellowship:

We are looking for two (2) formerly incarcerated people to join our team for an intensive 12-month fellowship program to learn grassroots organizing, legislative and administrative advocacy, and other strategies to run local and state campaigns with the goal of elevating the leadership of formerly incarcerated people in criminal justice reform.

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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.

TAKE THE 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 Place: Monthly Rental Listing June 2021

Los Angeles & Ventura County Affordable Housing Opportunities

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CALL HRC'S HOUSING RIGHTS HOTLINE:
1(800) 477-5977 TTY (213) 201-0867

L.A. County releases daily jail ‘dashboard’

[Click image to view the online decarceration dashboard.]

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday released detailed data on the county jail population. Published in partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, the jail “dashboard” is expected to be updated daily to help policymakers, advocates and researchers better understand the race, case status and incidence of mental illness — among other characteristics — of the people held behind bars.

View the website

Exciting Opportunity For Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

This summer, career exploration organization Roadtrip Nation is sending three formerly incarcerated people from various backgrounds and life experiences on a road trip to explore how they can find fulfilling work, build new skills, and create a sustainable support network.

Fueled by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and filmed for the “Roadtrip Nation” public television series, this experience will fight stigmas and showcase the tenacity it takes to navigate reentry.

If you know someone who would be perfect for this opportunity, we encourage you to nominate someone by:

1.) Having them fill out an application by April 29, 2021
2.) Telling a Roadtrip Nation team member the name of the person you nominated so we can be on the lookout for their application!

APPLICATION

COVID-19 Retraining & Recovery Fund (CORE) Scholarships

The fund offers scholarships to South LA residents whose jobs have been lost because of COVID-19. CORE will pay for enrollment and completion of in-person or online professional certification and training program that will be in high-demand as our society adapts to a new COVID-19 reality, such as healthcare and technology.

CORE will partner with local and national educational institutions to help ensure students commit and complete recertification programs paired with job placement and technical assistance services.

(Note: It is of extreme importance that under the "Supporting Documents and Recommendations" Section in the "How Did You Hear About the CORE Scholarship" you type in Yetunde Price Resource Center.)

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Paid Opportunity

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VITA/ EITC Program

Free Virtual Tax Preparation

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Co-operative Education and Development (CEAD) ONLINE Workshops

February - April 2021

Collective REMAKE will offer two series of ONLINE workshops on Saturday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Workshops are open to individuals directly impacted by incarceration. Participants are supported with a small stipend.

Applications Now Available! (Click Here)

Goodwill 2nd Chance Program

We can help you find and maintain sustainable employment through our no-cost 2nd Chance Re-Entry Program, which helps individuals successfully transition back into the workforce.

Contact us today! Goodwill Workforce Services 130 Lombard Street, Oxnard, CA 93030 (805) 981-0130 secondchance@goodwillvsb.org

Dignity and Power Now Reentry and Anti-Recidivism Guide:

Twenty-one pages listing about fifty programs and organizations, community-based and governmental, offering a variety of support such as housing, health/mental health, financial support and planning, employment.

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Free Ged Courses

To learn more and register please contact Dorian Esters at (213) 267-8213 or via email at de@miguelcontrerasfoundation.org

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.