Augie Ghilarducci was serving his 13-year prison term giving him a front-row seat to the revolving door of prison. He saw men leave, one after another, only to return weeks, months, or even years later. They were woefully unprepared to re-enter society.
The 2nd Opportunity Program was created to help those who have experienced incarceration become self-sufficient, productive members of society—and stay that way. Our approach provides meaningful tools developed through lived experience, anticipating the challenges, fears, anxieties, and barriers with proven methods of navigating them. This results in the creation of a realistic plan.
We have a specific passion for and have worked with the Juvenile Justice population. The combination of courses, workshops, and round table discussions help raise awareness not only of the importance of changing paths, but the many opportunities and supports that are available to assist in the process. Our Round Table Discussions allow a diverse group of our Thought Leaders and Presenters to share, not only their experience but also inspirational stories of how they got to be where they are today. See our thought leaders.
The 2nd Opportunity Program: Five (5) Video Based Courses- for Employment Readiness, Financial Literacy, Life Skills, and Re-Entry in English and Spanish. Each offers a Certificate of Completion.
A Path Forward© focuses on the barriers of re-entry, emphasizing employment, interview preparation, communication skills, conflict resolution, rational thinking, and much more.
A Path to Financial Freedom© is a financial literacy program providing the fundamentals needed to function in today’s world. It covers basic skills like budgeting, credit, and housing.
Values-Aligned Goal Setting© helps individuals move forward by determining their values and setting meaningful short-term goals they can leverage into long-term success.
A Path to Advanced Skills© is designed to raise awareness of the apprenticeship programs that are offered while in state and federal prisons and upon release.
A Path to Higher Education© explains the different options available to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals in pursuit of higher education, including Pell Grants.
Optional Supplemental Courses (Computer/Tablet/LAN Versions only) dozens of courses are available to be assigned or self-selected to target certain issues (anger management, substance abuse issues, parenting, etc.) as well as provide high school equivalency preparation courses.
The 2nd Opportunity Program is available in both English and Spanish and can be customized to address an institution’s specific needs. Our options of self-paced or group classes (or both) allow us to meet the needs of both facilities and individuals in a secure and productive fashion.
On Tablets. For institutions with computer tablets available to their population, the 2nd Opportunity Program can be integrated allowing self-paced learning for your population. Video
Live Streamed via WebEx or Zoom. Live streaming the presentations offers more flexibility in scheduling while still allowing participants to interact with the instructor.
LAN. Our technology partnerships allow us to securely deliver the 2nd Opportunity Program into local networks within a facility.
DVDs- Facilitated Model. In situations where tablets and Wi-Fi are not available, DVDs provide a great solution. Provides flexibility and the ability to hold scheduled classes, stimulating conversation and experiential learning. Facilitator Guides and Training provided.
We offer a complete array of referrals for employment, housing, education, training, social services, substance abuse treatment facilities, and veteran services. We also offer access to peer support groups and provide mentors as needed.
We offer optional Workbooks, Workshops, Round Table Discussions, and Walkthroughs
There are two versions of the Prison Compliant workbooks: Companion Workbooks and Activity Packets. Companion Workbooks provide the text of the video presentations with the forms necessary to complete the activities, quizzes, and journal questions. The Activity Packet contains all necessary forms.
Workshops guide people though the 2nd Opportunity Program to keep them inspired and drive course completion. They are impactful and done through Zoom (or similar) or in person.
Round Table Discussions allow a diverse group of our Thought Leaders and Presenters to share, not only their experience but also inspirational stories of how they got to be where they are today.
Walkthroughs (virtual or in person) allow us to meet with potential participants and explain the origin, value, and benefits of the program. This results in high enrollment of enthusiastic participants.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can the 2nd Opportunity Program help your population?
The 2nd Opportunity Program was created to assist those getting ready to move on with their lives. We help participants navigate the challenges of the day-to-day world, get past the setbacks caused by substance use and other criminal behaviors, find a path to securing meaningful employment, knowledgably participate in the financial world, and prepare a personal, written plan for their future.
How can the program be brought into my Facility?
The 2nd Opportunity Program was created to be utilized in any facility, regardless of size or population. We offer a variety of methods to allow secure access to the courses.
What is the Facilitated DVD Model?
The Facilitated DVD Model prepares the individual to lead the group, making the experience more engaging though discussions and sharing experiences. We provide Facilitator’s Guides and Training. The videos provide instruction of a topic, and the Facilitator uses the Guide to lead the group conversation. We will train staff or inmates to serve as a Facilitator.
What types of support do you offer to program participants once released from jail or prison?
We provide an array of referrals for employment, housing, education, training, social services, and veteran services. We offer peer support to assist those that are struggling. We are available by email and telephone to help with more challenging situations as well.
How much does the program cost?
The 2nd Opportunity Program is offered on an annual license basis. The cost will depend upon the number of participants being served over a one-year time frame and the method of delivery. There are optional workbooks, workshops, and round table discussions that factor into the cost.