U.S. Department of Education: Juvenile Justice Reentry Education Program
The Juvenile Justice Reentry Program: Opening Doors to College and Careers through Career and Technical Training Education seeks to improve outcomes for justice-involved youth through the provision of career and technical education (CTE) programs, reentry services, and post-release CTE and employment training opportunities for juveniles in and exiting from juvenile justice confinement.
Projects funded will be implemented in partnership with a variety of providers and systems, to garner the resources and expertise needed to implement specific practices that will address the specific, identified needs of youths to be served under the proposed program, and to support their successful transition from confinement to the community. Funded projects are expected to use partner resources to provide programming and wraparound services that address participating youths’ broader education and well-being needs and support successful reentry. Funded projects should use funds for CTE-related programs and services, such as youth-centered career development services, effective CTE programs (including work-based learning where feasible), and career pathways, that support successful transitions from confinement to the community and to further education and employment.
The Department of Education has established Absolute priorities, which must be met in order to apply. These priorities include:
- Improving school climate, behavioral supports, and correctional education: Applicants must propose a project designed to improve the quality of CTE programs in juvenile justice facilities (such as detention facilities and secure and non-secure placements) and support reentry after release, by linking the youths to education, wraparound services, and youth centered job training programs.
- Enhancing state or local efforts to improve reentry outcomes: Applicants must propose projects designed to build upon and enhance state or local efforts to improve reentry outcomes for justice-involved youth, such as those carried out under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act’s Title I, Part D, Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk; the Second Chance Act; Perkins IV; WIA/WIOA Youth Workforce Investment Activities; the Department of Labor Employment Training Administration Reentry Employment Opportunities programs; career pathways initiatives; or other federal, state, local, or philanthropy-funded initiatives.
- Partnerships: Applicants must propose to propose to implement a project in partnership with a variety of providers and systems. An applicant must: 1) identify required partners, including at least one of the following: juvenile justice agency; local educational agency; postsecondary institution; or a workforce development agency.
Competitive preference priorities, for which additional points are available, include the following:
- Coordinating juvenile justice reentry education programs and services: Projects that coordinate juvenile justice reentry education programs and services to be provided with programs and services being provided through subgrants received under Title I, Part D, Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
- Improving job-driven training and employment outcomes: Projects that improve job-driven training and employment outcomes for participating justice-involved youths by integrating the education and training to be provided into a career pathways program or system that: 1) aligns education and training programs offered by community colleges, other institutions of higher education, and other workforce training providers; 2) offers related stackable credentials; and 3) provides support services that enable high-need students to obtain industry-recognized credentials and obtain employment within an occupational area with the potential to advance to higher levels of education and employment in that area.
The invitational priority is to leverage technology to support instructional practice and professional development. It targets projects that leverage technology through implementing high-quality accessible digital tools, assessments, and materials that are aligned with rigorous college- and career-ready standards.
Amount: A total of $1,900,000 will be awarded to approximately six organizations. Award range: $200,000-$400,000; Average: $315,000. Funding is available for the first year of the project period, while funding for years two and three is subject to the availability of funds.
Eligibility: Perkins IV eligible recipients including: 1) a state board designated or created consistent with state law as the sole state agency responsible for the administration of CTE in the state or for the supervision of the administration of CTE in the state; and 2) a local educational agency (including a public charter school that operates as a local educational agency), an area CTE school, an educational service agency, or a consortium, eligible to receive assistance under section 131 of the Act; or an eligible institution or consortium of eligible institutions.
Note: Section 3(13) of the Act, 20 U.S.C. 2302(13), defines “eligible institution” as (a) a public or nonprofit private institution of higher education that offers CTE courses that lead to technical skill proficiency, an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, or a degree; (b) a local educational agency providing education at the postsecondary level; (c) an area CTE school providing education at the postsecondary level; (d) a postsecondary educational institution controlled by the Bureau of Indian Affairs or operated by or on behalf of any Indian tribe that is eligible to contract with the Secretary of the Interior for the administration of programs under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act or the Act of April 16, 1934; (e) an educational service agency; or (f) a consortium of two or more eligible entities.
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