The Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative (Right Turn) provides a career development process for young adults (18-24 year olds) that are involved or have been involved with the criminal justice system (juvenile and adult systems).
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and led by the Institute for Educational Leadership, Right Turn is being implemented in high-crime, high poverty communities across the country by non-profit and local organizations with expertise in career development, education, mentoring, leadership development, juvenile justice, and disability. Right Turn provides individualized education, training, and workforce development opportunities by engaging young adults in a three-phase career development process that includes self-exploration, career exploration, and career planning and management.
Participants meet regularly with program staff, mentors, and other caring adults to develop and implement an Individualized Career Development Plan (ICDP). Through weekly goal-setting based on each participant’s ICDP, Right Turn promotes employment, continued learning opportunities, and independent living.
Through this process, all young adults will:
- Identify their personal strengths and interests
- Learn about specific careers through employer guest speakers and informational interviews and workplace visits
- Complete soft skills training
- Obtain hands-on work experience through apprenticeship opportunities, employment, and restorative justice projects
- Set and achieve education and training goals that align with personal career goals such as obtaining a high school diploma or GED, earning an industry-recognized credential, or pursuing postsecondary education
- Receive ongoing support from case managers, mentors, and other caring adults
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