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Grantee Profiles

Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC)

Funding Amount: $25,000

Applicant Category: Individual/Informal Group

Project Name: Reducing Recidivism Through Cultural Empowerment

Service Location(s): Downtown Oakland/Chinatown, Oakland, San Quentin, Vacaville (Solano State Prison)

Population Served: Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders, and others in the male reentry community who face unaddressed language and cultural needs in Alameda County.

Learning Question: How might participation in cultural activities and community action promote healing and reduce recidivism for the Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander community?

Project Summary: APSC will implement a multifaceted reentry program in Alameda County that includes culture-based reentry support groups, culturally competent life coaching, and reentry service linkages and referrals. 

Contact: Ben Wang, Co-chair

Phone: 510-292-0852

Email: apscinfo@gmail.com


Asian Prisoner Support Committee |
Round 1 (2013-2015), Round 1 Phase 2 (2016) Grantee

Birth Justice Project/ UCSF Office of Sponsored Research

Funding Amount: $191,305

Applicant Category: Single Organization

Project Name: A Pilot Project Designed to Train Previously Incarcerated Women to Become Birth Doulas

Service Location(s): Highland Hospital and Santa Rita Jail (Dublin)

Population Served: Incarcerated pregnant women (for doula care), incarcerated women (for women's health empowerment groups), and formerly-incarcerated women (for doula training program). 

Learning Question: Does job training and social support for reentry clients help to create/maintain or strengthen positive relationships for previously incarcerated women and reduce recidivism?

Project Summary:  In collaboration with UCSF, the program will expand the current Birth Justice Project services provided in San Francisco to Alameda County, namely to:

·     Develop a vocational doula training program,

·     Provide women's health empowerment groups for incarcerated women, and

·     Provide birth doula care and breastfeeding support for pregnant inmates.

Website: www.birthjusticeproject.org 

Contact: Darcy Stanley & Nicole Sata, Project Co-Directors: 415.562.4784

Email: birthjusticeproject@gmail.com


Birth Justice Project/ UCSF Office of Sponsored Research |
Round 1 (2013-2015), Round 1 Phase 2 (2016) Grantee


Funding Amount: $200,000

Applicant Category: Single Organization

Project Name: The ACT Program

Service Location(s): Centerforce’s office, Santa Rita Jail (Dublin), San Quentin State Prison

Population Served: People who are incarcerated who are either infected with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) or at risk of infection, especially those who have served 5 years or less and are between the ages of 18-35. 

Learning Question: Does intensive case management for formerly and currently incarcerated individuals reentering Alameda County from Santa Rita Jail (SRJ) and San Quentin State Prison (SQSP) who are at risk for, and infected with, hepatitis C virus (HCV) increase their linkage to HCV care and needed transitional services and subsequently decrease their risk of recidivism?

Project Summary: An individual-level intervention for people transitioning from prison which includes risk-reduction, counseling, testing, and appropriate medical management of persons infected with or at at-risk for acquiring the Hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Website: http://www.centerforce.org/ 

Contact: Julie Lifshay, Health and Special Projects Manager 

Phone: 415-456-9980 ext 205 

Email: jlifshay@centerforce.org



Centerforce |
Round 1 (2013-2015), Round 1 Phase 2 (2016) Grantee

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR)

Funding Amount: $389,336

Applicant Category: Collaborative

Collaborative Partner: National Employment Law Project

Project Name: Cultivating Fair Chance Employment in Alameda County

Service Location: Alameda County, primarily sites in Oakland

Population Served:  Small businesses and formerly incarcerated individuals facing barriers to employment 

Learning Question: How can we engage the business community, and particularly the small business community, in efforts to expand economic opportunity for formerly incarcerated people?

Project Summary: A multi-pronged approach to expand employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated people via:

·     Directly engaging the business community, and small businesses in particular, to build support for recidivism reduction through an employer event series, employer training, and other outreach,

·     An education campaign targeted at the general public,

·     Trainings and workshops for job seekers and workforce development professionals.


Website: http://www.lccr.com/re-entry.php 

Contact: Meredith Desautels, Staff Attorney, Racial Justice 

Phone: 415-543-9444 x 223 

Email: mdesautels@LCCR.com


Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) |
Round 1 (2013-2015), Round 1 Phase 2 (2016) Grantee

Planting Justice

Funding Amount: $200,000 

Applicant Category: Single Organization

Project Name: Pathways to Resilience (P2R)

Collaborative Partners:  Green Life, EarthSeed Consulting, HUB Oakland, Sustainable Economies Law Center, Christopher Shein, Merritt College

Service Location(s):

·     San Quentin and other prisons and jails in Alameda County

·     Merritt College (Permaculture Design Certification Course)

·     HUB Oakland (Broadway, Uptown Oakland-Entrepreneurship Training)

·     United Roots (Telegraph Ave, West Oakland- Green Life component)

·     Home Visits (County-wide- Case Management)

·     Offices and service locations of various referral partners (County-wide) 

Population Served: Currently incarcerated individuals (see service locations above) and high risk formerly incarcerated individuals. 

Learning Question: Could integrating culturally relevant, experiential permaculture design education with job/entrepreneurship training and wrap-around services reduce recidivism by healing and restoring participants’ connections to the community and the environment?

Project Summary: The project seeks to:

·     Immerse participants in the principles of permaculture,

·     Foster positive relationship skills and empathy,

·     Build a supportive community of peers and mentors,

·     Provide hard skills through vocational certification and new employment credentials,

·     Teach reentry-relevant job readiness and entrepreneurship skills,

·     Provide paid work experience and job placement support, and

·     Provide case management and connections to housing, mental health, substance abuse, financial education and legal services.

Website: http://www.plantingjustice.org/ 

Contact: Gavin Raders, Co-Founder, Executive Director

Phone: 510-290-4049

Email: plantjustice@gmail.com


Planting Justice |
Round 1 (2013-2015) Grantee


Funding Amount: $197,570

Applicant Category: Single Organization

Project Name: BIO (Balancing Inner and Outer)

Service Location(s): Santa Rita (Dublin), San Quentin State Prison, Oakland

Population Served: Black and Latino males ages 19- 30 (and their families) 

Learning Question: Can an integrated, holistic approach which combines skills training, enterprise development, and mentorship, while addressing trauma, help released individuals repair harm they have caused and establish productive relationships with their community?

Project Summary: The project’s design includes: 

·     Pre-release restorative justice family integration circles, 

·     Full case management,

·     Legal Assistance,

·     Peer mentorship,

·     Enrollment in job training/employment,

·     Educational assessment/support, and

·     Soft-skills workshops.

Website: http://peopleunited.org/ 

Contact: Rashidah Grinage, Executive Director 

Phone: 510-306-0253

Email: rashidah@peopleunited.org


Round 1 (2013-2015) Grantee

The Gamble Institute

Funding Amount: $130,118

Applicant Category: Single Organization

Project Name: Street Scholars Peer Mentoring Program

Service Location(s): Merritt College (Oakland)

Population Served:  Formerly incarcerated men and women enrolled in Merritt College who are actively on probation or parole.

Learning Question: How does peer mentoring and college-level education affect the reentry process and rates of recidivism for formerly incarcerated adults?

Project Summary: The Street Scholars peer-mentoring program will provide peer mentoring services to 25 formerly incarcerated students at Merritt College, and conduct a mixed-methods research evaluation of the program during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Website: http://www.gambleinstitute.org/ 

Contact: Elizabeth Marlow, Executive Director

Phone: 415-746-0192

Email: Elizabeth@gambleinstitute.org


The Gamble Institute |
Round 1 (2013-2015), Round 1 Phase 2 (2016) Grantee

The Mentoring Center

Funding Amount: $200,000

Applicant Category: Single Organization

Project Name: Transformative Leadership Institute

Service Location(s): District 5, Oakland

Population Served: 18-25 year old males at high risk of recidivism

Learning Question: Can a culturally-appropriate, trauma-informed, inter-generational transformative leadership and mentoring project reduce recidivism?

Project Summary: The Transformative Leadership Institute is an inter-generational, gender-specific, culturally-responsive leadership development program.  The TLI consists of weekly mentoring and leadership development groups and will run in three, four-month cycles, with 25 participants for each cycle. 

Website: http://www.mentor.org/ 

Contact: Celsa Snead, Executive Director

Phone: 510-891-0427 

Email: clsnead@mentor.org


The Mentoring Center |
Round 1 (2013-2015), Round 1 Phase 2 (2016) Grantee

Youth Uprising

Funding Amount: $350,000

Applicant Category: Collaborative

Collaborative Partner: East Bay Community Law Center

Project Name: YU Advance

Service Location(s): Camp Sweeney and East Oakland

Population Served: Young adults referred from Alameda County Probation Department Adult Field Services or receiving mental health services through the Behavioral Health Care Services’ Transitional Age Youth (TAY) System of Care.


Learning Question: Can a comprehensive menu of supportive re-entry and post release services, systems collaboration and advocacy interrupt the progression of transitional age youth (TAY) becoming adult offenders and re-offenders, and essentially reduce the rate of adult recidivism?


Project Summary: YU Advance provides:

·     Discharge planning, cognitive behavioral intervention, and other pre-release services for young adults in custody,

·     Clinical case management and therapeutic services in 1:1 and group settings,

·     Co-case management with the Probation Department for those released under community supervision,

·     Legal services that include expungement, legal advocacy, and legal counseling,

·     Leadership development opportunities that include civic engagement and service learning, and integrated restorative justice principles.


Website: http://www.youthuprising.org/ 

Contact: Carole Dorham-Kelly, PhD, Health and Wellness Director 

Phone: 510-777-9909 x 132

Email: ckelly@youthuprising.org

Youth Uprising |
Round 1 (2013-2015), Round 1 Phase 2 (2016) Grantee