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/ SOAR Reentry Program

Skills | Opportunities | Achievement | Responsibility

In collaboration with OIC of America through the U.S. Department of Labor, Chester County OIC offers services catered to young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 who have been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system and reside in designated high-poverty, high-crime communities in Chester County.

The goal of the SOAR reentry program is to assist justice-involved young adults to make a successful transition back to the community by helping them become productive, responsible, and law-abiding citizens.

Program participants are provided with the support they need to be able to overcome the many of the challenges faced upon release from incarceration. Support services include the following:

  • Education training such as GED and Certified Nursing Assistance
  • Professional development workshops on gaining skills for the workplace
  • Employment & job placement assistance in the selected area of study
  • Facilitate referral to the Health and Human services needed to successfully address substance abuse issues and/or mental health needs.

Program Background

OIC’s national office, OIC of America, was awarded $4.5M Department of Labor (DOL) reentry grant to serve young adults between the ages of 18 – 24 who have been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system. The grant is a sub-award from a $4.5M Department of Labor (DOL) reentry grant won by our national office, OIC of America.

Today, a select group of OIC affiliates are executing a national initiative named SOAR (Skills and Opportunities for Achievement & Responsibility) to reduce recidivism, as a response to mass incarceration in the U.S.

The nationwide SOAR program applies a comprehensive reentry strategy to address a range of challenges in helping formerly incarcerated young adults make a successful transition back into their communities. This program takes a surgical approach to reduce recidivism using the evidence-based model Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies (IRES) to place participants on a sustainable career path, while working to prevent future involvement with the justice system.  The model was first tested by OIC of South Florida and is now being replicated throughout the OIC network.

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