The Female Offender Entrepreneurship and Employability Initiative
LEAP is a one of a kind and evidence-based pre and post prison reentry program for women. We provide over 300 hours of classes at the Homestead Correctional Institute for Women over 8 months. LEAP partners with Barry University a to provide entrepreneurship classes. The purpose is to address the difficulty that women with felony records have in securing employment. Each student develops her own business plan and skills to start a micro business. The curriculum also covers substance abuse, financial literacy, mindfulness, nutrition, anger and stress management, employability and interview skills, public speaking, resumes, business etiquette, and cognitive behavioral management. Mentoring and case management are included. LEAP graduates on average 30 inmates per year and supports an additional 30 post release by acting as a bridge to housing, jobs and other resources. To date 141 women have graduated. LEAP’s recidivism rate is just 4%. LEAP helps female ex-offenders become economically self sufficient and reduces crime. LEAP’s business component teaches them to create their own micro business plan and mitigates the near impossibility of finding a job to sustain themselves and their families.
Second Chances Social Enterprises
Second Chances Social Enterprises is a real world model of what LEAP teaches, provides.jobs and training for ex-offenders, and financing to support LEAP’s mission.
In addition to providing jobs and financial support, the SCSE serves LEAP’s larger mission of raising awareness of the value of rehabilitation over retribution.
Our first social enterprise is The Dragonfly Thrift Boutique by LEAP.