The Lexington Academy of Barbering Community Foundation, Inc. focuses on responding to the critical needs of ex-offenders and low-income individuals who are pursuing vocational training and state certification in the barbering profession. It is our belief that, "every one deserves a second chance." Services are directed towards reducing the recidivism rate in Fayette County and surrounding Central Kentucky regions. We offer not only referrals to a network of community resources but also tuition scholarships, financial support for school supplies, utilities, rent, winter clothing and transportation assistance for traveling to and from work and school.
The foundation's signature effort, the Re-Entry Education and Community Engagement Program (REECE) is an emergency financial assistance effort that provides financial support for re-entry citizens, low-income and unemployed individuals who are enrolled in or have been accepted into The Lexington Academy of Barbering Community Foundation, Inc. or another vocational and/or technical institution. By the end of 2014, we anticipate to have served an estimated 1,200 clients with financial assistance and other life-sustaining resources. At least 40% of those clients will be from the re-entry at-risk population and barbering students.
1. Enhanced and improved organizational management recruitment of experienced and committed staff, volunteers and board members that align in our organizational mission and who will assist and support the efforts for which we propose;
2. Strategic marketing and financial planning options recruitment and ascertainment of independent contractors, volunteers and expertise who can recommend strategic plans to execute the exact and ever-changing program development
3. Long-term and continued recruitment for qualified and experienced staff with increased efforts in volunteer recruitment;
a search and hire of experienced and committed staff and volunteers who maintain a strong ethic to our cause celibre'
4. Professional mentorships with other agencies who have been successful in working with the re-entry and low-income populations expand the community outreach and development for developing ongoing and long-term partnerships and collaborations
For ex-offenders, poverty is a foregone conclusion after release from correctional institutions. The Lexington-Fayette County area is the second largest county in the state of Kentucky with an estimated population of 305,489 citizens which makes up about 7% of the total Kentucky population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18.0% of that count reportedly live below the Federal Poverty Level (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013), compared to the Kentucky population where 19.4% of 4.3 million citizens state-wide live in poverty ("Poverty in Kentucky," U.S. Poverty Guidelines, 2013).
– INDICATOR –
what shows participant goal status
MEASUREMENT TOOL/APPROACH –
tools used to measure Indicators
SAMPLING STRATEGY AND SAMPLE SIZE – simple or random
FREQUENCY AND SCHEDULE OF DATA COLLECTION – when/how often the measurement tools are used
Enrollment Verification from the Institution; Acceptance Letter from the Institution; and Participant Survey Partnership Referrals, Scholarship Fund
100% of participants will be required to submit this information.
Application process for emergency financial assistance and/or enrollment in any of The LAB or The LAB Inc.'s programs.
Every 3-6 months-Data Collection Points:
0 months, 3 months
6 months, and 12 months
State Board Exams
100% of participants will be solicited to submit this information.
Every 3-6 months.
Data Collection Points:
0 months, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months.
Agency Partnership Referrals
100% of participants will be solicited to submit this information (where applicable).
Criminal and Delinquent Behavior and Outcomes
Kentucky Department of Corrections Reports/Assessments
ACTIVITIES – Services provided to the participants
OUTPUTS – How much of the services will be provided to how many
OUTCOMES – Measurable benefits for participants
Provide emergency financial assistance program in the form of basic human services such as rent, utilities, clothing, transportation and educational supplies for those enrolled in a barbering, technical or vocational school in Kentucky.
100% -100 recipients/month or 1,200 clients/students served annually
Increased enrollment of the re-entry and low-income populations in a technical/vocational certification program for barbering. Increased graduation rates for the specific targeted populations. Decrease in state recidivism rates over a 12-month program time-frame.
Provide adult one-on-one and group mentoring to participants on relevant topics, educational improvement, financial stability, economic empowerment and other areas of independent living.
100%-1,200 recipients served annually with rotating and alternating group participants
Increased graduation rates of the re-entry and low-income specific populations from a state technical/vocational certification program.
Increased knowledge in financial literacy and stability of participants.
Increase in employment rates for participants enrolled in technical/vocational
certification programs.--The Straight Up Adult Mentoring Program
Offer mentoring to at-risk youth attending select Fayette County Public School(s), a select juvenile detention facility or a community-based youth program.
100%-200-500 youth (grades 8-12) served annually.
Decrease in individual criminal and delinquent behaviors and outcome among youth participants in the Straight Up Youth Mentoring Initiative.
Decrease in recidivism rates for juvenile offenders participating in the mentoring program over a 12-month program timeframe.
Collaborate with local, state and regional social, human and educational service organizations that focus on general and basic human services to the re-entry and low-income specific populations.
100%-100 recipients/month or 1,200 clients/students served annually.
Increase in the quality and numbers of social and human service agencies in partnerships and collaboration.
Increase in the number of The LAB, Inc.'s and low-income clients served. Increase in graduation rates from The LAB and/or technical/vocational institutions or other
Certification programs in the Commonwealth. Increase in financial literacy and stability of The LABs' students, clients and/or participants. Increase in employment rates and reduction of poverty for The LAB' participants.
Jacquelyn is the mother of two young children and currently attends the Bluegrass Community & Technology College,
pursuing a degree in nursing with aspirations toward a career as a midwife.
While she is not attending college, Jacquelyn volunteers throughout the Lexington-Fayette County with organizations such as The
Lexington Academy of Barbering Community Foundation, Inc. She is also offering
her knowledge and skills as the Community Outreach Liaison for the foundation,
specializing in social media development, marketing and public relations.
The research conclusively shows that ex-offenders who are able to find employment upon post-release are less likely to violate their parole or be incarcerated again than those ex-offenders who are unable to quickly find employment (Berg & Huebner, 2011). For juvenile offenders, studies show that there are two primary predictors of recidivism into the adult justice system: education and employment (Abrams et al, 2011).
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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