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Heard Not Judged: Insights into the Talents, Realities and Needs of Young Men of Color

Get access to MEE’s Latest Groundbreaking Research! MEE’s latest national research, focused on understanding boys and young men of color, is now being released to the public. The report, Heard, Not Judged: Insights into the Talents, Realities and Needs of Young Men of Color is based on community-based participatory research with young men of African and Hispanic descent, ages 18 to 24, in nine U.S. cities. The research was co-sponsored by The California Endowment and the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Click here to download the report.


Roots Community Health Center – Empowerment Initiatives

Healthy Measures: Helps formerly incarcerated individuals with chronic illnesses achieve successful, healthy reentry. Participants receive support and coaching from Roots Health Navigators who have also experienced incarceration. Benefits include: individualized health plans, benefits enrollment, health education and navigation, probation compliance support and barrier removal. Click here to view the flyer.
To apply, email admin@rootsclinic.org or call 510-777-1177.


Defy Ventures

A non-profit organization that works with individuals who have had previous criminal justice involvement (18+ years and older) to create new pathways for economic sustainability.  Defy’s CEO of Your New Life program focuses on job readiness/job placement, personal wellness, reentry coaching and entrepreneurship. Specifically, Defy helps individuals create profitable enterprises that sustain them and their families over time. We support emerging entrepreneurs in the launch of their enterprises by offering intensive hands-on entrepreneurship training, character development, mentoring, business incubation, financing opportunities and holistic personal development services. If you know of any interested candidates, please have them contact Melissa O’Dell at melissa@defyventures.org or by visiting defyventures.org.

We are excited to launch Stories of Reentry, a film series on our website! We launch these films in partnership with the communities we serve, with the hope that these films will influence the public discourse and imagination about our criminal justice system, and will inspire our audience to take action and become a part of the movement for criminal justice reform. The full video series is now up on the home page of the Root & Rebound website and there is a full page dedicated to these Stories of Reentry. In the midst of harrowing statistics and systemic injustice, these first-person narratives amplify the strong voices of the formerly incarcerated and humanize the experience of reentry. They make clear the impact our broken systems and policies are having on individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities. Through these brave storytellers’ candid testimony of grief, violence, addiction, and trauma, we hear the common stories of struggle and the isolation of desperation. What resonates louder, however, is the optimistic shift that occurs when these individuals find the support of communities, employment services, and legal organizations like Root & Rebound. Screenings will be held across California in 2016, so please email us at info@rootandrebound.org if you are interested in hosting one in your community.

Join the Parent Caregiver Advisory Group (P.C.A.G.) for ACCIPP
Help improve the lives of children affected by incarceration!  Attached is a flyer containing additional information.

When: Held every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Contact: LeeAnna Howell of A Better Way at, (510) 368-9479


Emancipators Academy

Now accepting applications! An 8-week program offering stipends, on-the-job training in manufacturing at Roots’ soap-making social enterprise, Clean360, leadership skills and mentorship. Participants (called Emancipators) receive assistance for barrier removal, support for benefits enrollment, and connection to health care and other services. To be eligible, applicants must have been released from incarceration within the past 12 months, must be unemployed, and must be able to lift 40 lbs. Click here to view the flyer.
To apply, email admin@rootsclinic.org or call 510-904-8048.


Career Online High School
Scholarships are being offered at Oakland Public Library and Alameda County Library for adults (age 19+) to earn a high school diploma and career certificate through Career Online High School. Enrolled students will take classes online, be supported by an academic coach, and build a career portfolio. Scholarships are limited.

• Oakland Program: Open to residents in Oakland, Emeryville and Piedmont. Contact diploma@oaklandlibrary.org
• Alameda County Program: Open to residents in Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo, Newark, Union City and Fremont. Contact diploma@aclibrary.org

Apply Now – http://www.careeronlinehs.gale.com/ca/


Oakland Adult & Career Education is happy to be adding a new College and Career Readiness Pathway Program, in coordination with the Northern Alameda Consortium for Adult Education. Through a sequence of courses, adult students will be prepared with basic English, math, English-as-a-Second language and study skills to successfully transition to academic and career technical education studies in the community college, or to gainful employment. The Oakland Adult & Career Education staff has served Oakland adult students over the past years, and this new College and Career Readiness Pathway Program will provide another needed educational opportunity in our community.

For more program information, please go to ousd.org/OACE or 510.273.2310.


Source: Alameda County Re-Entry/Realignment Announcements 2016