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RISE-IT (Reentry Intervention and Support for Engagement by Integrating Technology)

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $750,000)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure that the transition individuals make from prison, jail, or juvenile residential facilities to the community is successful and promotes public safety. Section 115 of the Second Chance Act authorizes federal awards to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes to provide technology career training to persons confined in state prisons, local jails, and juvenile residential facilities.

The goal of the Second Chance Act Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles is to increase the post-release employability of offenders in related technology-based jobs and career fields. The objective of the program is to establish and provide technology career training programs for incarcerated adults and juveniles during the 6-24 month period before release from a prison, jail, or juvenile facility.

The recipient will use grant funds towards the Reentry Intervention and Support for Engagement by Integrating Technology (RISE-IT) program. The purpose of RISE-IT is to create a technology-based educational environment within ADJC that provides youth training through a multi-tier framework, increasing post-release employability. RISE-IT has five goals. Goal 1: Integrate technology-based career training into academic and vocational programming through a multi-tiered system. Goal 2: Provide reentry career planning. Goal 3: Build collaboration and capacity of partners. Goal 4: Increase the post-release employability of moderate and high risk youth in technology-based jobs. Goal 5: Use data to track youth and inform decision-making and service provision. RISE-IT will measure and evaluate certificates earned, job placement, employment, earning, job retention, and recidivism for a minimum of one year post-release. The program will serve 300 youth annually, 900 youth total.


Date Created: September 29, 2015