To disrupt the cycles of incarceration and poverty
by helping people find their way to self-sufficiency.

Family in Front of Second Chance

Second Chance carries out its mission by providing workforce readiness training and job placement programs to youth and adults. Second Chance also delivers wrap-around services including transitional housing, behavioral health treatment and financial literacy to help our participants reach self-sufficiency.

our vision

Second Chance is the most effective solution for reducing recidivism, unemployment and homelessness; empowering our participants to make sustainable personal changes that positively impact society. 

our values

Clients First: All programming begins from a position of respect for our clients’ needs.
Always Authentic: Our work is driven by knowledge of and empathy for our clients’ experiences.
Research Matters: We are committed to leveraging current research, evidence-based practices and assessing outcomes.
Employment is Key: Through improved self-esteem and personal responsibility, our clients gain employment and become positive contributors to society.
Systematic Approach: We conduct an integrated and systematic approach to fulfilling our mission.

The facts

  • CA spends $55,000 per year per adult inmate.

  • 67% of CA inmates released from prison return in 1 – 3 years.

  • Second Chance spends $2,000 to graduate one adult from Job Readiness Training.

  • 77% of Second Chance graduates find employment within 6 months.

  • CA spends $127,000 per year per juvenile inmate.

  • Second Chance spends $8,000 - $10,000 per year per Second Chance Youth.

  • 60% of Second Chance Youth enter employment following services; 10% pursue secondary education.