U.S. Department of Labor: Reentry Projects (RP-3) – Young Adults
The Reentry Projects (RP-3) – Young Adults program seeks to enhance reentry strategies through collaboration with the field to identify and respond to emerging or chronic reentry challenges. This initiative intends to assist communities in planning and implementing comprehensive reentry programs to help young adults who have been involved in the juvenile justice system make successful transitions back to the community.
One strategy this initiative seeks to test is the improved coordination of post-release and pre-release services, as this strategy has the potential to eliminate the gap between release from prison and enrollment into a reentry program leading to employment. Applicants should consider proposing strategies for better coordinating their service delivery in the post-release environment with the already existing provision of reentry programming to eligible incarcerated individuals prior to their release from state correctional facilities. Taken in total, this initiative intends to protect community safety by ensuring that these justice-involved individuals:
- Become productive, responsible, and law-abiding members of society
- Receive positive opportunities to engage in pro-social activities, such as employment and/or education
- Maintain long-term employment
- Sustain a stable residence
- Successfully address their substance abuse issues and mental health needs, as applicable, through partnerships with local programs
Applicants must propose evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions, new interventions that theory or research suggests are promising (i.e. promising practices), or a combination of both that lead to increased employment outcomes for their target populations. RP-3 is especially interested in program models that offer apprenticeship opportunities, including in registered apprenticeship programs and industry-recognized apprenticeship programs; pre-apprenticeship opportunities; and program models that better coordinate post-release and pre-release services.
All projects must serve high-crime, high-poverty communities. These projects will serve young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 who have been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system or are high school dropouts. In addition, eligible applicants must choose to apply as either an intermediary organization (organizations that have an affiliate network or offices in at least three communities and across at least two states) or as a non-intermediary organization (those with single sites or multiple sites within one state).
Amount: Amount: Approximately $82,500,000 will be awarded as through both the adult and young adult reentry programs. Young adult award amounts are as follows:
- Up to $4,500,000 each to approximately six intermediary organizations proposing to serve young adults
- Up to $1,500,000 each to approximately 14 non-intermediary organizations proposing to serve young adults
Eligibility: Applicants must be organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status, including women’s and minority organizations; state or local governments; or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
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