The Region VI Workforce Development Board (WDB) was created under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and has always had a focus on reentry of individuals returning to the community from the justice system, in particular on youth reentry. This is due in part to the fact that the WDB has a youth committee made up of experts that advise on youth-related issues. A youth committee member who is employed at the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center (Rubenstein Center), which houses approximately 50 youth in rural West Virginia, was able to clearly articulate a need for education and workforce training for the youth being housed there. The Region VI WDB decided it wanted to concentrate on working with youth returning home from the Rubenstein Center and several years ago applied for a number of grants to provide funding for such programming.
To read the full report and the companion case studies, visit the Second Chances, Safer Counties web page at: www.NACo.org/WorkforceAndReentry