2-1-1 Colorado Partners with College In Colorado
College In Colorado’s new website, “Own Your Future,” (www.collegeincolorado.org) was designed to help individuals recently released from correctional facilities to become successful, self-reliant members of their communities. Own Your Future aims to help people who were formerly incarcerated to develop and follow through with plans to pursue educational goals and secure employment, which helps them comply with the terms of their release and reduces the risk of recidivism.
Recognizing that ex-offenders often also require initial support meeting basic needs such as housing, transportation, and food, College in Colorado partnered with 2-1-1 Colorado to utilize and connect individuals in the program with the 2-1-1 network’s comprehensive database of more than 11,000 services statewide. The Own Your Future website educated ex-offenders about the referrals and information available through 2-1-1, and customized the 2-1-1 database to help ex-offenders understand, step by step, how to find social and community resources to meet their needs.
This partnership—involving customizing the database and linking to another organization’s website—is the first of its kind for 2-1-1 Colorado. Indeed, the College in Colorado Own Your Future website is the first of its kind in the country geared towards reducing recidivism among ex-offenders.
2-1-1 Colorado and College in Colorado have high hopes for the success of this initiative, and believe it has the potential to expand nationwide.