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Augie Ghilarducci served a 13-year prison term. In addition to working in the Education Department of two different prisons and developing and instructing classes to fellow inmates, he served as clerk to 6 prison staff members in the Federal prison Drug Program RDAP. This intensive nine-month program was based upon cognitive behavior therapy, CBT. As he developed courses for re-entry, CBT principles were baked into his courses.

"Many inmates greatly benefitted from Augie's classes. I trust

those that participate in his program will not only learn from

the material, but will also enjoy themselves and find some 

comradery at the same time." 

His time away brought a deep understanding of 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. Recurring behaviors, untreated substance use disorders, irrational thinking, and the lack of fundamental life and employment skills perpetuate the thought processes and conduct that results in the vicious recidivism cycle.

The 2nd Opportunity Program was created to help those who have a substance use disorder and are receiving treatment for this issue. It is clear that without getting this beast under control, it will be nearly impossible to move forward with their lives in a productive fashion. Our program helps prepare them to move forward by providing 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.


 A Case Management Tool


The program instructs subjects necessary to discover a productive path, such as budgets, a plan to get a job, improved communication skills, etc. The program provides forms that can be submitted demonstrating progress. Additionally, there are dozens of supplemental courses that can be assigned to target specific situations, such parenting, stress,  or anger management. 

The Facility is provided administrative access to the system to track the progress of the participants with the capability of printing progress reports. 

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.  

Delivery Methods  


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 the facility 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. They provide flexibility to hold scheduled classes, stimulating conversation and experiential learning. Facilitator Guides and Training provided. 

  • 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.

Post Release Support 

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, and Program Introductions.

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.  


Program Introductions: if possible, we would like to present to the population an explanation of the origin, value, and benefits of the 2nd Opportunity Program. Experience shows it makes an enormous difference in the number of enthusiastic participants. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can the 2nd Opportunity Program help those involved in Substance Abuse Treatment Program? 

Our program is both a teaching and case management tool. You don’t have the time to sit with participants to show each one how to create a budget or help them practice how they will answer interview questions. You don’t have time or resources to assist someone to enroll in a welding (or other) program. Let us do that.  You will be able to track the progress of each individual on your caseload and be able to hold them accountable for their efforts. Our ability to help them find employment or to provide peer support is a tool for you to assist them in the vital first steps as they navigate this stressful situation.  

What are Optional Supplemental Courses (Smartphone, Computer, and LAN 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. 


How 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.  

Complete the contact form to request a quote or schedule a demo. 

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