The plight of formerly incarcerated individuals facing barriers to employment and community reintegration has been a cornerstone of IMAN’s work since its inception. Green ReEntry provides transitional housing, life skills education, and sustainable construction training for returning citizens and high risk youth in Chicago and Atlanta.
Components of Green ReEntry:
Green ReEntry’s Education Training Program offers a paid opportunity for hands-on, vocational training with an integrative focus on personal, professional and leadership development.
Green ReEntry offers safe transitional housing options for returning citizens and high-risk youth. *Single-family homes and rental units are renovated by previous Green ReEntry cohort members.
Alternative Community Development
Green ReEntry serves as an alternative community development model focused on revitalizing neighborhoods from within.
Green ReEntry participants may be selected to travel between Chicago and Atlanta to gain additional job training, experience community engagement and deepen relationships with other cohort members.
With the support of Chicago CRED and Chicago Beyond, the Green ReEntry program significantly expanded in 2017 to address continue to address the root causes of recidivism and the unique challenges faced by young men in the inner-city. Green ReEntry cohorts now utilize an intergenerational, mentorship-based model that facilitates personal and professional growth. IMAN also incorporates an integrated team approach to meet the holistic needs–physical, mental, spiritual, and social–of returning citizens.To deepen this support system, IMAN recently opened its second Youth Leadership Home as an additional resource for young leaders.