These grants have been awarded under the Reentry Employment Opportunities program and are designed to serve urban centers and areas of greatest need.

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Current Pilot Programs

  • Reentry Projects - Provide the opportunity for community and faith-based organizations, states, and local governments to improve outcomes for young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 that have been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system, and adults age 25 and older who have been incarcerated in the adult criminal justice system and released from prison or jail within 180 days. The projects offer a range of services based on current evidence and proven research, as well as promising emerging practices which test interventions that improve employment outcomes. The grants operate in rural and urban areas, and must serve high-crime, high-poverty communities. (ending September 2022)

Recent Pilot Programs

  • Training to Work Grants - Provide training in high demand industries that lead to industry recognized credentials for adults residing in residential reentry centers (halfway houses). (ending September 2019)
  • Pathways to Justice Careers for Youth Grants - Provide career exploration in the field of justice and emergency services careers such as police officers, firefighters, and paramedics. Participants must be enrolled in the 11th and 12th in public or alternative high schools; and between the ages of 16 to 21. Youth must be at risk of dropping out of school and at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile or adult justice systems or already involved in the juvenile or adult justice system. (ended March 2019)
  • Job ChalleNGe Grants - Expand existing National Guard Youth ChalleNGe programs under the Department of Defense to court-involved youth. The program provides educational, vocational, and technical skills to high school dropouts ages 16 to 18. (ended November 2018)
  • Linking Employment Activities Pre-Release Demonstration - Link incarcerated individuals in local jails to American Job Centers in their communities upon release. These projects prepare individuals for employment while they are incarcerated to increase their opportunities for successful reentry into their communities. (ended September 2018)
  • Face Forward Intermediary and Community Grants - Offer youth a second chance to succeed in the workforce by removing the stigma of having a juvenile record through diversion and/or expungement and other strategies that mitigate juvenile records. Additionally, these projects provide participants the opportunity to develop job skills and training in high-demand sectors that lead to industry-recognized credentials and employment opportunities. Face Forward also offers connections to supportive services and the opportunity for youth to give back to their communities. (ended September 2018)

View the National Reentry Resource Center map to locate programs in your area.