Albany Second Chance congratulates training participants

Dr. Charles Ochie

Dr. Charles Ochie

The Albany Second Chance is proud to congratulate all participants who completed our recent Section 3 job training skills workshops on Employability, Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship. These four- to six-weeklong comprehensive training workshops focused on:

• Employability — designed to equip participants with the base components needed to compete in today’s job market. It is designed to address issues and communicate strategies for clients facing multiple barriers to employment;

• Economic Empowerment skill training seminar — designed to empower the participants with simple and basic economic concepts needed for daily living;

• Entrepreneurship skills — training workshop designed to impact and empower participants with entrepreneurial skills needed to start a business.

These workshops were designed for Section 3 residents, though they were also made available to all who met the qualifying criteria.

The project was a collaborative effort with the Department of Community and Economic Development designed to empower and ready Section 3 residents for employment purposes.

The Albany Second Chance is proud of all participants who took part in and completed the workshops. We are also deeply grateful to our enthusiastic instructors — Mr. Cornell Kimbrough (Economic Empowerment); Mrs. Pinkey Modeste (Entrepreneurship), and Ms. Susan Haynes, who taught Employability.

The Albany Second Chance is a community-based program that provides comprehensive pre- and post-release judicial and community restorative justice services to prison returnees as well as other citizens with aversive judicial records. Our programs are focused on reducing the recidivism rates and promoting a healthy, wholesome lifestyle by providing rehabilitative services that ensure successful transition back into the community. Our primary aim is to provide programs squarely designed to restore hope, human dignity, reintegration into society and good employment status that would lead to abstention from a criminal lifestyle and thus to a more productive lifestyle.

The Albany Second Chance has two component services: Pre-post-Release Intervention and Restorative Justice services. Some of our services include expungement and pardons assistance; restoration of rights assistance; educational counseling and referral; employability training; motivational services; financial workshops; entrepreneurial workshops; federal bonding assistance program; offender integration services; substance abuse program; anger management, and life management.

Albany Second Chance is committed to working with existing service agencies, churches and local institutions to bring about the most effective service delivery possible to our clients so that they can become productive and taxpaying members of our society. We maintain a great relationship with former inmates, local businesses, local and state educational institutional systems, various criminal justice system agencies, labor department TOPPSTEP program and other Second Chance programs. We also have an excellent group of volunteers that provides valuable time and professional services to enable us to serve our clients effectively.

Founded in 2010, Albany Second Chance is a community-based program operating under the auspices of the International Development Resource Organization Inc. IDRO is a local nonprofit entity whose motto is “Thinking globally and acting locally."

In order to continue our mission of empowering the population we serve and reducing the recidivism rate in Albany-Dougherty County, we are asking that financial gifts be mailed to Albany Second Chance, 345 W. Broad Avenue, Suite 201, Albany, GA 31701.

Your monetary gift will positively impact the lives of many in our program.

Albany Second Chance is located on the second floor of the Post Office building downtown. We can be reached by phone at (229) 883-3440 or by email at Albanysecondchance@att.net. We are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only.

Dr. Charles O. Ochie is the co-founder of Albany Second Chance, a Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science at Albany State University.