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ABOUT THE PSI SITES

To learn more about each site's mission and PSI model, click on the name of the site to navigate this page: Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES)College InitiativeImproved Solutions for Urban Systems (ISUS), Inc.Larkin Street Youth ServicesLos Angeles Conservation CorpsMY TURNOpen Meadow Alternative SchoolsOur Piece of the Pie (OPP)X-Cel, Inc.Youth Development Institute (YDI)


Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES)

Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) operates alternative sentencing programs for court-involved youth in New York City, NY. CASES programs allow judges to offer alternative sanctions that cost significantly less than incarceration and lead to better long-term outcomes for individuals and communities. The mission of CASES is to increase the understanding and use of community sanctions that are fair, affordable, and consistent with public safety.

CASES prepares PSI students for enrollment into City University of New York schools by delivering college readiness curriculum, in addition to providing transitional counseling, tutoring, and testing services, and reengagement services to students who drop out of the program. CASES postsecondary partner in the PSI is the CUNY Black Male Initiative (BMI). For more information about the CASES PSI model, download the PSI CASES Brief or visit their website.   

College Initiative

College Initiative is a community-based reentry education organization serving New York City, NY. College Initiative's core belief is that higher education, as a proven reentry strategy, should serve as a primary response to the practice of mass incarceration. College Initiative's mission is to create pathways from criminal justice involvement to college and beyond and to establish and support communities invested in their own success.

College Initiative conducts extensive outreach to youth in New York State Department of Correctional Service facilities; offers an in-house college preparatory course; operates a comprehensive student-driven peer-to-peer mentoring program; enrolls students in CUNY colleges; and provides transitional counseling to students as they move to and through college. College Initiative's postsecondary partner in the PSI is the CUNY College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment (COPE) program. For more information about the College Initiative PSI model, download the PSI College Initiative Brief or visit their website.

Improved Solutions for Urban Systems (ISUS), Inc. 

Improved Solutions for Urban Systems (ISUS), Inc. is dedicated to improving education and workforce outcomes for court-involved, dropout and underachieving youth in Dayton, OH. ISUS operates three career and technical charter high schools that train students for careers in high growth industries. The mission of ISUS is to create effective practices that spark the resurgence of the inner city and support youth along the path to and through college and training that results in industry-recognized credentials and certifications.

ISUS supports students enrolled in one of its high schools in their transition to and through college by assisting students in creating postsecondary plans and applying for financial aid, offering college readiness and life skills training, and offering transitional counseling. ISUS PSI students work to earn Associate's Degrees or industry-recognized certificates that have value in the labor market. ISUS' postsecondary partner in the PSI is Sinclair Community College. For more information about the ISUS PSI model, download the PSI ISUS Brief or visit their website.

Larkin Street Youth Services

Larkin Street Youth Services is a San Francisco, CA provider of comprehensive services to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth. Larkin Street's continuum of services includes street outreach, emergency shelter, transitional housing, job training and educational assistance, and medical care. The mission of Larkin Street is to create a continuum of services that inspires youth to move beyond the street. Larkin Street will nurture potential, promote dignity, and support bold steps by all.

Larkin Street supports PSI students in their transition to and through college by offering college readiness classes and workshops, case management and transitional support, and resources such as housing assistance. Larkin Street's postsecondary partner in the PSI is the City College of San Francisco. For more information about the Larkin Street PSI model, download the PSI Larkin Street Brief or visit their website.

 

Los Angeles Conservation Corps

Los Angeles Conservation Corps, based in Los Angeles, CA is the largest urban conservation corps in the nation, serving over 17,000 youth each year through on-the-job training, paid work experience, after school enrichment and tutoring services, and two charter school sites. The mission of LA Conservation Corps is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success by delivering job skills training and education and work experience opportunities with emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.

LA Conservation Corps supports students in the PSI by offering transitional counseling, in-house scholarships, a six-week college readiness course, college application workshops, and peer group sessions that help students identify barriers to college success and provide peer-driven solutions. LA Conservation Corps' postsecondary partner in the PSI is Los Angeles Trade Technical College. For more information about the LA Conservation Corps PSI model, download the PSI LA Conservation Corps Brief or visit their website.  

MY TURN

Massachusetts Youth Teenage Unemployment Reduction Network (MY TURN) is a dropout prevention and intervention solution for off-track youth in cities characterized by high poverty, high unemployment, and poor educational outcomes. MY TURN's mission is to turn students from net debtors to net earners. MY TURN serves youth in Brockton, MA.

MY TURN prepares disconnected youth for postsecondary enrollment through its GED Plus model. In this five-phase model, youth receive educational and career training support as they work to obtain their GEDs and eventually enroll in college. During their transition to and through college, PSI students receive transitional counseling and assistance applying for financial aid and obtaining employment. MY TURN's postsecondary partner in the PSI is the Massasoit Community College. For more information about the MY TURN PSI model, download the PSI MY TURN Brief or visit their website.

Open Meadow Alternative Schools

Open Meadow is a Portland, OR educational organization that enrolls youth that have not been able to thrive in public schools in small middle and high school programs. Open Meadow reengages youth in their education, provides academic and support services to those at risk of dropping out, and facilitates successful transitions from middle school to high school and from high school to college and eventual careers. The mission of Open Meadow is to educate youth in small, relationship-based programs that emphasize personal responsibility, academics, and service to the community.

Open Meadow supports PSI students in their transition to and through college by offering pre-college programs that expose students to college life and following up with college transitional counseling and with personal, financial, and other supports during the first two years of college. Open Meadow's postsecondary partner in the PSI is Portland Community College. For more information about the Open Meadow PSI model, download the PSI Open Meadow Brief or visit their website.

Our Piece of the Pie 

Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) is a Hartford, CT youth development agency that helps youth develop a blend of educational, employment, and personal skills that can contribute to their success. OPP offers services that allow youth to graduate from high school, earn industry-recognized certifications, obtain two- or four-year college degrees, and enter careers. The mission of OPP is to help urban youth become successful adults.

OPP supports PSI students in their transition to and through college by offering transitional and academic counseling, non-credit bearing remedial courses at no cost through their postsecondary partner, family engagement services, and paid internships in Hartford businesses. OPP's postsecondary partner in the PSI is Capital Community College. For more information about the OPP PSI model, download the PSI OPP Brief or visit their website.

X-Cel, Inc. 

X-Cel, Inc. serves disconnected youth and young adults in Boston, MA by providing pre-GED and GED classes, as well as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), college preparation, and computer classes. X-Cel partners with neighborhood-based non-profit organizations to deliver these services in communities with the greatest needs. The mission of X-Cel is to make high school completion and college-level study more accessible to low-income adults in Greater Boston, by providing customized instruction at no cost in convenient community locations.

X-Cel supports PSI students in their transition to and through college by offering GED preparation, job readiness services, college and Accuplacer preparation classes, assistance filling out college applications and financial aid forms, transitional counseling, and informal peer-to-peer mentoring. X-Cel's partners in the PSI are STRIVE Boston and Bunker Hill Community College. For more information about the X-Cel PSI model, download the PSI X-Cel Brief or visit their website.

Youth Development Institute (YDI)

Youth Development Institute (YDI) is a New York City, NY organization that partners with community organizations, schools, colleges, government agencies, policymakers, and funders to create programs, train staff, and develop policies that enable youth to transition successfully to adulthood. YDI provides its partners with technical assistance and conducts policy development and program research. The mission of YDI is to support the growth and development of young people by strengthening the quality and increasing the availability of experiences offered by the organizations that serve them.

YDI supports two community-based organizations, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) and Good Shepherd Services, by regranting PSI funds and facilitating an ongoing collaboration between these organizations and their college partners. CHLDC and Good Shepherd Services support PSI students in their transition to and through college by providing academic and transitional counseling, tutoring, and assistance with costs of books and transportation. YDI's postsecondary partner in the PSI is the New York City College of Technology. For more information about the YDI PSI model, download the PSI YDI Brief or visit their website.

 

For more information about the PSI, please contact Yelena Nemoy at yn@nyec.org.

 

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