They operate three Youth Re-Entry Programs in Massachusetts (serving Fall River, New Bedford, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Taunton, and Worcester) that offer a variety of services for youth as they leave the juvenile justice system and transition back into their communities.
With the support of case managers, mentors, and peer leaders, youth work towards personal and professional goals through educational services, job-readiness training, leadership development, and volunteer service opportunities.
Straight Ahead’s Engagement Model: Their youth commit to make challenging changes – to break ties with gangs, stop using drugs, complete their education, develop a strong work ethic. Their engagement model is highly relational, integrating professional case management with adult and peer mentoring relationships and a comprehensive set of activities and opportunities
Straight2Work Job Readiness Training: Their most intensive re-entry program, Straight2Work, is a unique job readiness training program that combines practical, hands-on work experience with character and leadership development to ensure real, lasting change. Working closely with a case manager, youth gain employable skills and industry certifications, increase life skills and develop resumes before securing long-term employment in the community