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Knowledgeable Environment Nurtures Opportunity Project

Commonly known as K.E.N.O Project, is designed to assist the transition of formerly incarcerated individuals with drug convictions into society with skills to work with participants who are currently incarcerated and scheduled for release from drug-related offenses.  This program will provide a host of professional, technical and mentoring services while removing barriers to establishing productive lives and reduce recidivism.  These services will include;

 

  • Small business startup programs and job training.  

  • Upon completion of the program participants will be eligible to receive up to $1000 toward  legal fees.  

  • Participants will also be eligible for micro-grants to offset the costs to start up a new business.

Pave the Way (PTW) will work with local businesses to provide meaningful opportunities to develop skills to help participants become part of the workforce by providing paid hands-on training and work experience during the summer months for youth 14-20 years old. The pilot group will consist of 10 participants who will be selected through an application. Once accepted the students and their parents/guardians will be required to attend an orientation program that will outline the expectations and requirements of PTW.

  • The program will also focus on assisting participants in planning their future by exploring their options including college, trade schools, AmeriCorps, and the military.  

  • Each participant will be paid $15/hour for approximately 25 hours of work per week.  process.  

  • Graduating seniors will qualify for PTW scholarships to help offset the initial costs of;

    • College,

    • Trade,

    • Any higher education/training

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