We, the staff at CSI and NC Second Chance Alliance Partners, applaud all those who have taken up the cry,
"I'm for Second Chances!"
The FIRST Second Chance Lobby Day was held on April 26, 2011 at the North Carolina General Assembly, Raleigh, North Carolina. Over 200 formerly incarerated persons, and organizations that work with this population, attended this ground-breaking event.
The current system of incarceration and re-incarceration is not working. It's eroding the safety of our communities, draining our state's resources, and failing those who have paid their debts to society.
That's why we're calling on our state leaders to take a deep look at the barriers facing people with criminal records. We can no longer afford to pour our resources and dollars into a revolving door criminal justice system.
Click on the pictures below to view some of the activites of the day.
Click here to view two page information sheet for Second Chance Lobby Day bills, for North Carolina Legislators.
"It means HOPE!!"
This is a testimonial by David Ange. Thanks for the collective action that made this happen!
"Hope for my future. I was going in a downward spiral. I lost my job in January 2009. I was not eligible for unemployment. I was over $4000 behind in child support. I was looking at jail time for not being able to pay. Then Judge Ruth ordered me to the CSI program. Thank you, Judge Ruth!!
I contacted Mr. Dennis Gaddy to enroll. It turned my life around. After my initial meeting with the CSI staff I was not too sure, but as I continued to attend, my opinion changed. Mr. Gaddy stated that CSI was a non-profit organization. I disagree with that partially. The profit in the program was that I had a outlet of people to talk with who understood my situation and my concerns. They were another set of eyes to help me in my employment needs.
Now that I have found employment, Dennis, Sheldon and the CSI team has helped me in getting a car through Wheels4Hope. I am getting to be self-sufficient again. I thank God every day for Dennis Gaddy and his team at CSI. And a special thanks to my CSI mentor Sherwood Jackson. "
Our Youth Program is especially designed for youth ages 14-24 that are either:
1 Currently incarcerated or formerly incarcerated.
2 Have one or more parents incarcerated or formerly incarcerated..
3 Teen Parents.
4 Gang involved or high risk of being involved.
The C.O.R.E. Program has 5 KEY components designed to motivate, support, and encourage participants to achieve their “Personal Success Plan” through organized, systematic, structured training and mentorship. Participants learn how to become self sufficient, achieving goals in education, career, and personal development.
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Formerly Incarcerated Speaker Bureau members, who are affiliated with Community Success Initiative. Read about and hear inspirational messages from men and women who were formerly incarcerated and have turned a "SETBACK" into a "COMEBACK"
This is a list of the Speakers and each name is a link to their respective biographies:
Click on a picture and mouse to the upper right or left hand side of the picture to view the next or the previous slide, slidehow fashion. Click the X in the lower righthand side of the picture to exit.
These are pictures from the CSI Staff Retreat, which was held at the Hilton Riverside in Wilmington NC, the weekend of July 30 to August 1, 2010 Just click on the first picture to enter Gallery Mode to see expanded versions of the pictures, plus text descriptions. Just move your mouse to the upper right or left portion of the picture to open an arrow to move to the next picture. To exit, click on the "X" at the very bottom right of the picture.
Community Success Initiative is excited to celebrate its fourth year of serving the community. This slideshow is a "journey through pictures" of some of our work and community partners.