Entrepreneur Boot Camp (E-Zone)
Youth Diversionary Program
Statement of Need:
Day in and day out; we identify violence and death as if part of the norm; tolerating the appetite for destruction that has overcome the thirst for life.This craving claims more innocent and not so innocent lives every day. We must get real about violence impacting our youth.
*Among the most tragic suicides are those by young people. Too often youths use their parents’ guns. An NVISS study of firearm suicides among youths ages 17 and under occurring over a two-year period in four states and two counties found that 82% used a firearm belonging to a family member, usually a parent.
The New Start Foundation’s (NSF) Violence Prevention Programs will utilize 6 core components: outreach, and community mobilization, community engagement, youth development, community development and micro-enterprise development to reduce the level of violence in the identified areas.
One of the most effective strategies for impacting the workforce is an accelerated job training programs for youth that include a mental & behavioral health component.
NSF has designed this initiative to enlighten youth and young adults about Employment and Entrepreneurship, Positive Work Ethics, Financial Literacy, Educational Opportunities and Skilled Job Training.
*Acts of gun violence take approximately 30,000 American lives every year, and gun violence is one of the leading causes of death among teens. Although the majority of these shootings rarely make national headlines, the tragedy is no less real.
The Project Description:
(Behavioral & Mental Health Services + Literacy + Effective Living Skills + Job Training) = The EZone
Problem: According to the 2011 study by the National Employment Law Project, The increased availability of commercial background checks means that people with any criminal record are shut out of the job market and the "ban a box" only keep employers from asking the question on the application it does NOT stop them on face to face interviews.
Solution: Self-Employment is one of the few viable career alternatives for people released from prison.
Entrepreneurship is a part of an emerging trend to help ex-offenders and young people address the problem of employment by creating their own jobs.
A great number of offenders & juveniles possess entrepreneurial skills that they learned on the streets. “Drug dealers for instance understand inventory, employees and customers. It’s just applied the wrong way.” The boot camp provide participants with the motivation, structure, and organizational skills needed for valid business practices.
The boot camp approach is dedicated to channeling participants’ skills and know-how into the decision-making mindset in legitimate business that they can own.
Vending businesses are becoming popular in numerous parts of the world. This is therefore an opportune time for individuals with a criminal record, who have a difficult time finding employment and who are business minded to venture into this profitable business. The vending business can be lucrative if you have the right strategies in place. The key is buying the products as cheaply as possible and secure a location with a high traffic flow. NSF mission is assist future entrepreneurs in a successful business venture by providing tools and financial assistance to help learn and grow their business.
The EZone leads students to creative careers as owners of their own company. Training youth to begin sound financial habits at a young age is critical to our nation’s future economic stability. The EZone offers a holistic approach that covers all aspects of enriching the lives of at-risk youth and young adults.
|Phase 1||Community Engagement & Mobilization||Violence Prevention Practices|
|Phase 2||Pre-Services (Rebuilding Lives)||Assessment & Individual Personal Plan (IPP)|
|Phase 3||Intercept & Restore (Healing Lives)||Youth Development-R3 Programming & the Hub|
|Phase 4||Redirect & Prepare (Empowering Lives)||Entrepreneur Boot Camp, Vocational Training & Employment Services|
|Phase 5||Sustain (Independence & Financial Management) Seeking & Achieving a better quality of life;||Micro-enterprise Development (The Ezone)|
|Phase 6||Support Services||(Scope of Services & After Grad Program)|
- Recent victim of shooting
- Court appointed
- Referral from community partner (school, law enforcement agencies, social service, non-profit and parents)
- Must be between ages 14-25
- Have a prior history of offending and arrests
- Be a member of a gang
- Have been in prison