2022 Heroes In The Hood Youth 2nd Cohort: Our Parent Engagement Model Works

Here at the Offender Alumni Association, we believe in the power of parent involvement in the youth component of our Heroes in the Hood program. One key component of Heroes in the Hood is that parents must commit to consistently being a part of the process. According to a Vera Institute of Justice publication, “Identifying […]

First Time Voting: A Dream Finally Realized

On January 30, 2022, at 9 pm, Ladji Ruffin received the call that would forever change his life.  “Hello. Yes, this is Ladji.” On the other end of the phone, his community supervisor echoed, “Your petition for time served has been commuted.” With eyes glazed over with tears, Mr. Ruffin exhaled for the first time […]

“Each one, teach one.”- African Proverb

“Each one, teach one.” -African Proverb  This African proverb encompasses what we are doing here at the Offender Alumni Association through our Credible Messengers and HH Push-In programs. Through their relevant life experiences, our Credible Messengers coach, guide, mentor, facilitate, and advocate for youth and adults who have been involved in the justice system. Below are pictures of a Credible Messenger training investing in our youth through […]

OAA Newsletter #2

OAA Provides Support During COVID-19 We have not let the pandemic slow down our support forums! OAA has continued to hold multiple virtual support forums every week throughout the pandemic. We have general support forums for OAA members via Zoom on Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings. We also have a family support forum via Zoom […]

Youth Career Readiness Initiative 2020

On May 30, 2020, Offender Alumni Association’s recent class of young people celebrated their completion of the Youth Career Readiness Initiative program at a special ceremony for participants and family. This program brings together young people who are system involved and partners them with OAA mentors who provide guidance and support as they prepare for […]