This Announcement solicits applications for LEAP- 2. The purpose of this pilot program is to provide incarcerated individuals with workforce services prior to release and link them to a continuum of services offered through their community-based AJCs post-release.
These grants are job-driven
and build connections to local employers that will enable transitioning offenders to secure employment.
The jail-based specialized AJCs will enable transitioning offenders to prepare for employment prior to release and continue with Individual Employment Plans (as described in Section IV) in the community once released.
The aim of these centers is to improve the workforce outcomes for transitioning offenders.
These jail-based specialized AJCs will build upon the successful and effective strategies that currently exist in similar correctional facility-based one-stop centers across the country.
The jail-based specialized AJCs align with the President’s job-driven vision by ensuring that transitioning offenders are prepared to meet the needs of their local labor markets and have the skills valued by employers.
The jail-based specialized AJCs provide an integrated approach that will allow the public workforce system and correctional systems to leverage resources and services to improve employability for this population.
Teaching transitioning offenders foundational skills such as job readiness, employability, and job search strategies, in addition to providing other related interventions, can provide access to employment and reduce the likelihood of reoffending.
The employer connections that the jail-based specialized AJCs will build will inform program curricula and ensure relevance to the needs of local businesses and jobs.
In addition to linking the jail-based and community-based AJCs, the LWDBs must partner with their county, municipal, or regional correctional facilities as well as their county or municipal governments.
Additional, non-required, program partners may include non-profit supportive services providers, such as philanthropic, community-based, and faith-based organizations, and other local government agencies that provide relevant services and resources.
Strong support from community collaborators can lead to greater program sustainability and support better participant outcomes.