F.O.R.T.E. is a referral-based program for justice impacted individuals.

 

We provide key steps towards economic self-sufficiency and successful socialization through the reentry pipeline. This is critical because statistically, the first 3 to 6 months is when those without strong community ties recidivate.

Based on a needs analysis, F.O.R.T.E. provides positive relationships and strengthens community ties.  F.O.R.T.E. safely reduces recidivism and increases the post-secondary education rates of individuals encountering the collateral consequences of felon disenfranchisement with an Education Action Plan.

Education Action Plan (EAP) includes:

  • Identify and apply to an apprenticeship, traineeship, college or university

  • Work with volunteer tutors towards application processes and technology advancement 

  • Social integration within academic communities

F.O.R.T.E. knows that we set a standard that is easily attainable by the population we serve. We maintain the follow-through of retention assumptions by providing Direct Serves.

Direct Services include:

 

  • Housing assistance

  • Visiting inmate participants

  • Holistic services for reintegration into communities

  • Assisting with job-readiness and career enhancement opportunities

  • Cultivating socialization and developmental workshops

  • Co-creating post-secondary EAPs

  • Providing help, encouragement, and accountability to complete each EAP

  • Initial food, clothing, and hygiene products

Program duration: Participants begin by participating within the Peer Mentoring Program prior to release from correctional facilities and continue with the F.O.R.T.E. program and services throughout the length of their academic career, but no longer than 24 months.

F.O.R.T.E. House provides assistance with but does NOT directly provide cash assistance, medical care, drug treatment, mental health care, college access, or employment.