PROBATION, PAROLE, & PRETRIAL
Augie Ghilarducci was serving his 13-year prison term and 5 years Probation 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 has been created to help those who have experienced incarceration, substance use disorders, trauma, and other negative life-changing events become self-sufficient, productive members of society—and stay that way. Our approach provides meaningful tools developed based on lived experience, anticipating the challenges, fears, anxieties, and barriers with proven methods of navigating them. The result is the creation of a realistic plan.
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The program instructs items generally required by Probation Officers, such as budgets, a plan to get a job, improved communication skills, etc. The program provides forms that can be submitted demonstrating progress. Additionally, the Officer can assign supplemental courses to target specific situations, such parenting or anger management.
The Officer (or other staff) is provided administrative access to the system to track the progress of the participants with the capability of printing progress reports for the court.
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 Achievement.
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 (web-based version 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 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 the agency and individuals in an understandable and productive fashion.
On Smartphones or Computers. Through a web-based App the program is available to individuals under supervision allowing self-paced learning.
DVDs- Facilitated Model. In situations where a more hands on approach is required, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can the 2nd Opportunity Program help your population?
The 2nd Opportunity Program was created to assist those ready to move on with their lives. We help participants to navigate the challenges of the day-to-day world, get past the setbacks caused by substance use and other criminal behaviors, successful methods for securing meaningful employment, knowledgeably participate in the financial world, and prepare a personal, written plan for their future.
How can the 2nd Opportunity Program help Pre Trial, Probation, & Parole Officers?
It is both a teaching and case management tool. You don’t have the time to sit with your caseload to show each one how to create a budget or help them develop an elevator pitch and practice how they will answer interview questions. You don’t have time or resources to assist someone to enroll in a welding program. Let us do that.
What are Optional Supplemental Courses (Smartphone, Tablet, and Computer versions only)?
We offer dozens of courses that are also available to be assigned or self-selected to target certain issues and behaviors (anger management, parenting) and provide high school equivalency preparation courses.
What types of support do you offer to our population?
We provide a complete 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.
Have much does the program cost?
The 2nd Opportunity Program is offered on an annual license basis. There are 2 ways in which we have seen the program deployed:
- Agency pays for a projected number of licenses based on selected content.
- The individual pays for the program via credit, debit card, or PayPal.
We are glad to discuss your preferences and provide a quote for your consideration.
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