Project RENEW (Rebuilding Efforts, Networks, Education and Work) is a workforce development program funded by the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Gang Alternative is one of only nine community-based organizations in the country awarded this Young Adult Re-entry grant in 2017. RENEW is designed to help young adults, 18-24 years old, living in Miami who are or have been justice-involved to obtain education and skills training that leads to an industry-recognized credential so that they can obtain and retain jobs aligned with selected career pathways.
RENEW is a free program designed to help young adults gain greater self-sufficiency by ultimately providing placement in jobs that pay a livable wage. The Project RENEW model is founded on evidence-based curricula, approaches and programs and includes ongoing legal support, navigational case management, GED or high school completion, work readiness, soft skills development, and mentorship.
Gang Alternative benefits from the guidance of its Employer and Industry Advisory Committee which provides technical input to GA’s workforce development program and activities.
The Employer and Industry Advisory Committee’s role is to provide advice to GA regarding industry and labor market trends; provide knowledge and insight of industry skill requirements and career pathways; assist with coaching its workforce development program participants; and assist in organizing networking and empowerment opportunities and activities for program participants.
RENEW is implemented through the support of Greater Miami Legal Services, CareerSource of South Florida and several social service providers.