ARC believes that reentry begins well before an individual leaves prison. Our model of support combines educational and rehabilitative programming inside detention facilities, with comprehensive reentry services upon release.
ARC provides its membership with mentorship, mental health services, supportive housing, access to jobs and education, and opportunities to advocate for criminal justice reform. this comprehensive approach to reentry improves individual outcomes and increases the health and safety of communities throughout california.
IT ALL STARTS ON THE INSIDE
ARC staff and members regularly travel to prisons and detention facilities across California to provide rehabilitative programming, host policy workshops, and bring hope to incarcerated men and women.
Youth Offender Parole Workshops
ARC collaborates with human rights watch and a network of statewide advocates to host workshops at prisons throughout california, informing men and women of their eligibility for youth offender parole under sb 9, sb 260, or sb 261, and inspiring them to make the necessary changes to successfully return to their communities.
PEER MENTORSHIP PROGRAMMING
ARC members conduct weekly mentoring workshops in the compound at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, which houses youth in los angeles county who are being tried as adults. ARC’s peer mentorship program is designed to help shift the mindset of incarcerated youth to support better decision-making by helping youth build positive relationships with encouraging peer role models.
ARC also hosts mentoring workshops in adult prisons to begin to shift the culture in these facilities. through these trainings, arc provides incarcerated men and women with tools and strategies to become positive influences to young people entering adult prison.
ARC/PUP COLLEGE PROGRAM
ARC is partnering with prison university project (pup) to create new college programs at two prisons in California's Central Valley -- California State Prison, Corcoran and California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (satf).
RIDE HOME PROGRAM
through a collaboration with Stanford University's justice advocacy project, under the leadership of board member Mike Romano, ARC members help ease the transition for returning citizens by providing a ride home from prison, meeting them at the gate the moment they walk free. During the ride home, members prepare these individuals for their first few days after release, and provide tools and resources to help participants transition back into the community.
ARC serves as a positive and encouraging community, so that members feel empowered and capable as they transition back into the community. Below are some of the specific ways we support members during the reintegration process.
ARC licensed therapists and therapy interns provide one-on-one counseling sessions, as well as group programming for members. ARC Life Coaches connect members to a range of services and resources, including legal support, identification, public benefits, and transportation needs.
ARC's mentorship program is designed to help members develop a strong sense of self and a purpose in the community. New members are paired with peer mentors at intake, and, ultimately, become mentors themselves. ARC also provides mentorship opportunities for members with volunteers, known as Allies, in their professional fields of interest.
In 2014, ARC conducted a survey of its members to determine their greatest need for successful reentry. While staff anticipated that employment opportunities would be identified as the top reentry need, members, instead, identified housing as their number one need – more critical to their success than employment, education, trauma therapy, or mentorship opportunities. In response, ARC launched its Housing and Education Initiative.
ARC HOUSING AND EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Recognizing that most system-involved young people have never had a sufficiently guided educational experience, ARC partnered with California's Community College system to develop its housing model. ARC's program provides housing, transitional services, and educational support to ARC members next to the Los Angeles Mission College campus in Sylmar, CA.
Located in the foothills of Sylmar, California, the Bromont Housing program fosters a strong relationship with LA Mission College and their focus on the four year college transfer as well as culinary and media arts. Our presence in community outreach and employment opportunities further impacts the success of our residents and the surrounding community.
Maximum capacity: 37 residents
Located in close proximity to LA Trade Tech College, the Magnolia program supports its residents in pursuing higher education goals along with a host of alternative career pursuits. The community established within and around the Magnolia program proves to be a solid launching point for a stable, sustainable transition for its residents.
Maximum Capacity: 22 residents
The Goal of Education is the Advancement of Knowledge and the Dissemination of Truth
-John F. Kennedy
JOBS & EDUCATION
ARC guides members in enrolling in education and/or securing fulfilling employment to build experience, accountability, and self-sufficiency. Case Managers support members in identifying educational and vocational opportunities, and guide members through the enrollment, transfer, and financial aid processes. ARC also offers soft skills and job training workshops that help members build self-confidence, preparing them for placement in part- or full-time jobs.