Going the Extra Mile: A Case Study of Rural Reentry in Arkansas

Going the extra mile: A case study of rural reentry in Arkansas provides an exploration of a small rural community in Southeast Arkansas that takes a unique, individualized approach to reentering young adults ages 18-24. The received wisdom on rural reentry is that it is generally more difficult than reentry in an urban setting. Phoenix Youth and Family Services, which serves a rural part of Arkansas, has excelled on key outcomes as part of FHI 360’s Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC)1, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to improve the education and employment outcomes of young adults,
ages 18 through 24, after involvement in the U.S. criminal justice system.
Phoenix Youth and Family Services, known locally and abbreviated hereafter as “Phoenix,” provides wraparound support services to its participants to helpjuveniles, young adults, and families secure a safe, healthy, and strong life

Changing Language, Changing Minds: Using Restorative Language to Promote Solidarity and Equity

Restorative, or humanizing language, removes stereotypes and labels and shows solidarity and support to people and communities impacted by a variety of circumstances.  Through this guide, we encourage our clients and partners to support and lead change.

Providing Education Inside the Walls: A Michigan Pilot

In 2021 FHI 360 began a collaborative project with the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education, to test a replicable 360 model designed to enhance the career and technical educational program offerings for teachers within Michigan juvenile justice facilities and potentially juvenile facilities throughout the nation. FHI 360’s technical assistance specialists in justice, education, workforce, community development, and research and evaluation, provided four hours of comprehensive and responsive training and technical assistance to 34 teachers and direct service staff at four Michigan juvenile justice facility schools. Learn more about how educational programs offered in facilities reduce recidivism and improve employment outcomes.

Compass Rose Collaborative Young Adult Leadership Council Information Sheet

Launched in 2019, the Young Adult Leadership Council is a key component of NIWL’s Compass Rose Collaborative, a young adult reentry program. This program combines the principles of youth-adult partnerships with reentry programming.

A New Justice Paradigm: Collaborative Approaches for An Equitable System

A New Justice Paradigm: Collaborative Approaches for an Equitable System, explores the justice system from the perspective of criminal justice practitioners and young adults aged 18 to 24 who have been impacted by the justice system. We take this approach both to understand better— at the ground level—the system that exists and to help imagine a more supportive, more efficacious, and more equitable alternative. Some of the striking elements of the current justice system include the overwhelmingly disproportionate representation of young Black males in the system and the tragedy of how trauma has affected their young lives. Institutional inflexibility, from first contact with law enforcement through incarceration, limits young people’s chances to break the cycle of poverty and to pursue work and learning opportunities that could enrich their lives and their communities.

For Employers: A Trauma Informed Approach to Working With Opportunity Youth

This online course offers an introduction to the concept of trauma-informed care for any employer working with young people impacted by the justice system and foster care systems as well as those from historically underserved communities. It features a curriculum and resources developed by The RightWay Foundation in Los Angeles.

For Direct Service Providers: A Trauma Informed Approach to Working with Opportunity Youth

This online course offers an introduction to the concept of trauma-informed care for adults who serve young people impacted by the justice system and foster care systems as well as those from historically underserved communities. It features a curriculum and resources developed by The RightWay Foundation in Los Angeles.

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Work and Learning Success Plan

This individual success plan template, created through youth-adult partnership, can be used to encourage and motivate young people and the adults they work with in creating a plan for personal, social, and economic success.

The Advantages of an Intermediary Agency to Reentry

This white paper reviews literature and other findings from nongovernmental organizations that point to an intermediary agency as providing the best model for delivering wraparound services to youth returning to their communities after involvement in the U.S. justice system.

Youth Development Practitioner Apprenticeship

The YDPA program is a registered apprenticeship program, certified by the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL), to prepare entry-level youth development professionals. As a registered apprenticeship, the program includes 3000-4000 hours of On the Job learning (OJL) and 350 hours of Related Technical Instruction (RTI). Apprentices are typically young people between the ages of 18-24.

To request access to the full curriculum, email us at: niwl@fhi360.org