R2R – Our Work
Using the Communities In Schools model of wraparound supports and services, our Reentry to Resilience Program focuses on youth transitioning from youth development centers back into their communities post release using the following systematic approach to ensure both education and career attainment.
Phase 1: First 30 days of referral.
Youth Success Coaches (YSC) engage in monthly Service Planning Meetings (SPM) facilitated by the Social Worker. These meetings include the Juvenile Court Counselor, educators, family, and youth. The purpose of the meeting is to monitor progress and implement strategies for success. The YSC takes this opportunity to understand overall education goals and needs for academic success. Additionally, the YSC uses this time to discuss career readiness, workforce entry and vocational education.
Phase 2: Three to six months prior to release.
Youth Success Coaches will begin the development of a Transition Intervention Plan (TIP), which includes education and academic goals after release. The TIP includes information obtained at SPM’s and meeting with all stakeholders. The YSC utilizes the TIP to begin coordinating education enrollment & application; education placement (Base school, alternative school, or virtual school); GED completion; community college enrollment.
Career readiness activities include vocational education enrollment, professional certification attainment, and/or job / workforce placement.
Post-TIP discussion, the YSC schedules meetings with identified education and academic resources and workforce partners to map out a plan for the youth’s return to their community. These meetings serve as launch points to discuss youth’s academic portfolio, and career placement. YSCs serve as strong advocates for the identified education pathway.
Phase 3: Post-Release support up to 12 months.
Upon release, the YSC uses the TIP goals to create a First 30 Days plan to ensure that all critical education components and workforce opportunities are addressed. The first 30 days includes school enrollment, class schedule review, finding transportation (if needed), identifying school supports (tutors, mentors), and initial engagement in afterschool/recreational activities, plus a career interest inventory, job shadowing and one-on-one job coaching. The family support system is encouraged to be highly engaged in the process.
YSCs monitor goal attainment with school staff, youth, and family to ensure student progress. Engaging with youth to ensure success will encompass the following check-in process:
Stage 1: First 30 Days
• Check Ins: Daily visit (1) or calls (4)
Stage 2: 31 to 60 Days
• Check Ins: 4-times per week
Stage 3: 61 to 120 Days
• Check Ins: 3-times per week
Stage 4: 121 to 365 Days
• Check Ins: 1-time per week
In addition, the YSC engages in monthly Child and Family Team meetings to discuss progress and intervention adjustments. This team includes the family, juvenile court counselors, social workers, and other service providers.