The Juvenile Justice Reentry Education Program: Opening Doors to College and Careers through Career and Technical Education (JJ-REP) is intended to improve outcomes for justice involved youth by providing career and technical education (CTE) programs in juvenile justice facilities.
On any given day, more than 60,000 young people under age 21 are confined in juvenile justice facilities throughout the United States. Youths involved in the juvenile justice system typically have a history of poor school attendance, grade retention, or disengagement from school due to academic failure and school disciplinary issues. Many youths in the juvenile justice system have had little employment experience before confinement, and their employment challenges often intensify post release, with many struggling to find and keep jobs.
JJREP provides intensive wrap around reentry supports and services, along with post-release CTE and employment and training opportunities. In April 2016, the Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) made four grant awards through a competitive application process. The following entities are funded for a period of up to 3 years:
Portland Community College implemented the Opening Doors project to serve 100 young women over a three-year period enrolled at Three Lakes High School in the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany, Oregon, a residential juvenile justice facility.
Saint Paul Public Schools implement the Saint Paul Juvenile Justice Reentry Program (SPJJRP) to serve 500 youth residing in two youth residential facilities, Boys Totem Town and the Juvenile Detention Center.
School District of Philadelphia implemented the Open to Opportunities in Career and Technical Education (OOCTE) project to serve 825 court-involved youth residing in a county prison and a municipal detention center in Philadelphia.
Shelby County Public Schools implemented Project STAND (Student Transition, Acceleration, and NCRS (National Career Readiness Certificate) Demonstration) to serve 600 students enrolled in Hope Academy; and additional intensive services to an annual cohort of 40 youth aged 16–17.
Source: Perkins Collaborative Resource Network
More information: Sean Addie
Director of Correctional Education in OCTAE