College of San Mateo (CSM): Project Change – Provides wrap-around student support services, direct access to postsecondary education for incarcerated youth, and college instruction inside juvenile facilities. The project connects students to CSM resources and programs, including college readiness, leadership opportunities, cohort learning communities, and career and technical education programs. A supportive network of volunteer faculty, staff mentors, a project director, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and others support the students to be successful in their college studies while in custody and once they are attending classes on campus.
Los Angeles Mission College: College Culture Re-Entry Hub and Partnership with LA County Probation – Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) serves students in the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall through a partnership with Los Angeles County Probation. College students at Nidorf have access to both in-person and online instruction, as well as academic counseling and Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS). A wide variety of classes are available to students, and staff work to ensure that students are able to achieve their educational goals. In 2019 a student graduated with an associate degree earned entirely through the LAMC-Probation partnership. On campus, the College Culture Re-entry Hub (CCRH) serves as a central point of connection for formerly incarcerated students, offering assistance with enrollment and financial aid, academic counseling, referrals to on-campus services, connections to local housing and food assistance, and a place to find community with students from similar backgrounds. CCRH counselors also facilitate on-site workshops and seminars for students at Nidorf. To learn more about CCRH email: ReEntryHub@lamission.edu.
Riverside City College and UC-Riverside: College Connection – A resource specialist works with high school students in juvenile facilities to identify pathways to higher education and career success, to prepare for the PSAT and SAT, and to complete college and financial aid applications. Youth in custody can attend online Riverside City College courses and receive support to transition smoothly to on-campus studies upon their release. Probation-supervised youth who are not in custody can participate in a summer camp with college courses, tours of the UC-Riverside campus, and conversations with formerly incarcerated college students.
Sacramento City College: Re-emerging Scholars Program – Sacramento City College faculty provide 6-week college courses to youth in the juvenile hall, building supportive connections with the youth while they are still in custody to facilitate continuity when they are released and attending courses on campus. Once on campus, these students enter a one-year cohort, taking a variety of general education classes including sociology courses tailored to the unique experiences of re-entry after incarceration. Students also receive check-ins from faculty, staff, and peer mentors to help them troubleshoot challenges and to connect them to services. At the conclusion of the cohort, students will complete the majority of their general education requirements, formed a new, pro-social peer network, completed a paid internship, and gained the personal, professional, and academic skills in order to be successful in their future endeavors.