Organizational Background And Program Overview
Rehabilitation Enables Dreams (RED) is a 501(c)3 non-profit and restorative justice organization. We are dedicated to keeping people out of the criminal justice system — permanently — through programs that enhance the social, civic, and financial literacy of nonviolent youths referred to court. We do this by providing first-time non-violent offenders with a data-backed 12-month curriculum and mentorship program.
RED creates a classroom atmosphere inside the courtroom and treats program participants as students rather than criminals. RED’s curriculum is structured to develop a student’s social, civic, and financial literacy through task-oriented learning, engaging workshops, and interactive educational modules. Students are matched with appropriate mentors based on our individual-needs intake assessment.
Mentors support students in their personal development and guide them through the completion of program requirements. Upon graduation, students’ records are expunged (restricted) and they are referred to higher education institutions and/or employment opportunities. A summary of our curriculum can be found below.