All enrolled students start out in our classroom to learn skills that build the foundation of their success. Daily classes improve coping skills to better manage risky emotions and situations. All curriculum is based in concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy. Skills are not just taught, but practiced and role-played. This takes time and repetition. Research demonstrates that individuals likely to re-offend need 150+ hours of skill based learning to adopt new thinking and behavior patterns.
Students are hired to work part-time in Turning Leaf’s full-service t-shirt screen printing shop. This temporary job gives our students access to legal income, a structured scheduled, an opportunity to build employment history and practice using the skills learned in the classroom in a supervised work environment. 100% of sales from the print shop are reinvested into growing the business to provide more jobs for our students.
After completing the classroom bootcamp, students not hired in our screen printing shop are transitioned into temporary employment with one of our government work partners: City of Charleston, City of North Charleston and Charleston County. Men who are successful on their job placement are hired on permanently by that agency.