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The Razing Barriers Raising Bars program has been developed to help you reenter society, find a job and rebuild your life for good.  This program is developed by people like you who have succeeded in rebuilding their lives and experts in the field. This program offers: 

  •  training to help you find a job or support yourself 
  •  courses to develop social skills 
  •  support groups
  •  caseworkers to help you find a job and services 
  •  tutors in technological skills, writing and math 
  •  mentors to encourage you.

These services are offered online. We can help get you online. 

  1. REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAM  

You will need to register for our program online FIRST before you can join our courses. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAM 

  1. PRELIMINARY INTERVIEW 

You will also need to do a preliminary entry interview so we can better help you. 

Introduction  to Program

Preliminary Assessment and Guidance 

We will call you to schedule a half an hour interview with you to establish your goals and assess the best directions. You will need to develop a learning plan. 

This is required before registering for any course.

     3.   PREVIEW AVAILABLE COURSES

The courses run sequentially at specific dates. Videos and documents with course material will be available online at all times. Once you have registered we will send you an email invite to the courses you have chosen.

A. TECHNICAL COURSES    (for a complete calendar please click here or  scroll to the bottom of this page)

You can register for ONE of the technical courses. We will provide a caseworker , tutor and mentor for you as required once you register. 

  1. Securing Gainful Employment

DATE: Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm. Starting on March 24-May 12, 2021.  (8 sessions, 90-minutes each).

Securing gainful employment is one of the single most important aspects of successful reentry, and it can also be one of the most difficult.  In this course, we will be identifying obstacles to employment as well as strategies and best practices for overcoming those barriers.  

As part of this class you will be asked to think about your career trajectory.  If you had to write out the arc of your work life, what would this moment be and where will you go over time?

This course teaches you how to write a resume and complete job searches. You will be assigned a caseworker who will help you find a job. You have the benefit of signing up for tutoring sessions. 

Benefits

Access to free online software 

Free tutoring on software and Internet as required

Mentor / coach

Caseworker - assist with searches

  1. Back to School (Not Yet Available)

DATE: NOT YET AVAILABLE

This course will help you assess your interests and skills and then apply for university and college programs and look for funding with a “background”. You may need to be tested or tutored in reading and writing skills or technology skills. 

Benefits

Access to free online software 

Free tutoring on software and Internet as required

Mentor / coach

Caseworker - student loans

  1. Social Security,  Disability, Change and Confusion 

DATE:  NOT YET AVAILABLE

This course will assist you in applying for disability and help you to identify community resources available, given your background. 

Benefits

Free Initial consultation with a disability lawyer

A caseworker for community resources

  1. Starting your own Business 

DATE: Monday and Friday mornings from 9-10am. Starting February 8 - February 19. (4 sessions, 1 hour each).

This course will cover registering a business, insuring a business, tax compliance, asset protection, business plans, lines of credit, and more. At the end of the course, we will try to pair each student with a mentor within their intended industry to help coach them and help them through challenges. 

Benefits

Access to free software during and post-course

Mentor/ business Coach

B.  LEGAL GUIDANCE 

This course will help you navigate your legal obligations.  

5. Pursuing One’s Legal Rights, Post Incarceration

DATE:  Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm. Starting March 2 - March 16 (3 sessions, 1 hour each).

This course will describe how to navigate the legal system including getting sealings and expungements, and how to avoid recidivism.

 Benefits

One session of free legal advice or legal direction as needed

  C. SOCIAL SKILLS AND SUPPORT

Choose one of these courses to get better support while you are integrating. We may also recommend other addiction or other counseling programs. 

6. The Leadership and Survival Guide - Post Incarceration

DATE: NOT YET AVAILABLE

This course will help you to develop the social skills to succeed at work, in relationships, and gain respect . You may be asked to do role plays and a presentation. 

Benefits 

Provision of a Peer Mentor 

Counseling  

7. Restoring Relationships- Restoring Yourself

DATE: NOT YET AVAILABLE

This course will help you to empower yourself, rebuild relationships and find harmony, and understanding post incarceration.  

Benefits

Provision of a Mentor /Counseling 

  8. Joy in the Depths (Not available at this time)

DATE: NOT YET AVAILABLE

This course will help you to find spiritual joy and acceptance in your life and deal with life’s challenges from a Jewish and human perspective. 

Benefits

Provision of a Mentor/Counseling

Book Provided 

  9. From Victim to Survivor to Offender: Where is Justice? (Not available at this time) 

DATE: NOT YET AVAILABLE.

This course explores the cycle from survivor to offender and how to break the cycle. It will help you to dissect academic essays. 

  D.   SUPPORT GROUPS (Optional)

You can join a peer support group.  Email us at  [email protected] to register for a support group. 

Jewish Addiction Support Group

Rebounders (for the formerly incarcerated) 

CARES (for families of the formerly incarcerated) 

E. SIGN UP FOR TUTORING AND SUPPORT

 DATE: Monday evenings at 6:00 pm and and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm. Starting February 8- -May 12, 2021 (excluding Passover Holiday). 

Thirty (30) minute sessions Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings as needed

This course is designed to facilitate the use of current technology in order to search for and be hired for work.  The focus will be to enhance students’ familiarity and comfort with technology that enables communication and collaboration, online job searches and resume writing and the use of spreadsheets [using Zoom, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Safari…]

 4.  ONCE YOU ARE REGISTERED YOU WILL GET ACCESS TO GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

Watch this video to find out more about Google Classroom.  You will be able to access your selected courses.  https://youtu.be/nsZBHGx1iw4

  


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Calendar of Classes Offered