9 Yards receives 3rd year of funding
July 14, 2015 - 5:36pm

OpenDoors has received a 3rd Innovative Partnership grant from the Governor's Workforce Board for its 9 Yards program.  This funding will allow OpenDoors to serve another 30 individuals in 9 Yards.  Here is the press release:

 

9 Yards holds first graduation
April 2, 2015 - 12:08pm
OpenDoors Director speaks at symposium on mass incarceration
April 2, 2015 - 11:51am

Director Sol Rodriguez spoke on a panel at the recent "Sounding the Alarm on Mass Incarceration," symopsium at Roger Williams Law School.  Along with OpenDoors board member Luis Estrada, the two spoke about the challenges facing individuals with records.  The event was a full-day discussion, attended by approxiately 350 people, including Providence Mayor Elorza, DOC Director A.T.

OpenDoors hosts Restore the Pell Grant Symposium
September 30, 2014 - 10:14am

For decades, the United States has seen rising prison populations at both the state and federal level. As we face the unsustainable costs of mass incarceration, mandatory minimums, and persistent disparities in arrests and conviction rates under discriminatory policies such as Stop & Frisk, community members and leaders across the nation have sought new answers to persistent issues within our criminal justice system.

See our infographic: Investing in Education

TEDx Talk on 9 Yards
September 26, 2014 - 9:46am

On September 20, Nick Horton, Program Coordinator gave a TEDx talk in Providence.  The talk was one of 13 talks that highlighted notable work in the fields of health, civics, and education in the state.   Nick and Derek talked about the progress of the 9 Yards pilot program.  Other speakers were Elizabeth Roberts, Lt. Governor of Rhode Island, and Dennis Littky, the founder of the MET school.  The talk will be on the internet in late October.

9 Yards Update: Client Progress
June 17, 2014 - 3:52pm

With 12 clients still in the 9 Yards program, 9 have been released and 8 have begun working in transitional jobs that will lead on to a career path. Further fortifying their future career paths, the men are participating in occupational training in vocations such as welding, construction, culinary arts, and computer repair. Additionally, 6 clients are currently enrolled in school. 9 Yards’ goal is that with jobs in skilled occupations and wrap-around support services, in 6 months our clients will be stable and well on their path to a new life.

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