- Student Success Story - Apolinar Vega, SRJC (2020)
- Second Chance at Life, The Oak Leaf (2019)
- Second Chance featured in article on how institutions are easing the transition to higher ed, Insight Into Diversity (2019)
- See article about how SRJC expands programs for currently/formerly incarcerated students, Press Democrat (2019)
What is Second Chance?
Second Chance is both a student club and a Student Services Program that provides support and resources for formerly incarcerated students. Regardless of how long you were inside, or where you have been in the justice system (prison, jail, juvenile hall, etc.), you will find a home on campus and a place of belonging in Second Chance.
Who qualifies for Second Chance?
Formerly incarcerated students taking any number of credit units or who are in SRJC's GED or non-credit programs or classes.
What does Second Chance provide?
- A non-judgmental, supportive environment to help you turn your life around.
- Academic, career, and personal counseling from a dedicated SRJC Second Chance counselor.
- Weekly club meetings to connect with other Second Chance students committed to maintaining sobriety, and building new positive relationships and a community of respect, caring, and support.
- Access to free professional expungement (clearing your criminal record) assistance.
- Free school supplies including laptop loaners for those in credit classes.
- Free refurbished I-phones, Second Chance t-shirts and buttons.
- Grants for textbooks, gas and food.
- Listserve e-mail announcements to inform you of relevant campus and community events/activities, and resources.
- Second Chance scholarships for those who apply and are eligible.
- Referral to on-campus and off-campus services and resources to help you succeed.
- Letters of support for court, jobs, custody issues, housing, etc. as warranted.
- Leadership opportunities to help you build your personal portfolio.
Why is Education important?
Education is a proven remedy to incarceration and re-incarceration, and to providing financial stability and personal growth and transformation. Wherever you start, the idea of going back to school can be intimidating. It may be years since you set foot in a classroom and you may have had a negative experience with school in the past. You also may be worried about juggling the responsibilities of a job, school, family, and adjusting to life on the outside. Just know that Second Chance is here to help and support you.
How do I get started?
E-mail Second Chance counselor Rhonda Findling at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come check out a Second Chance club meeting, Tuesdays from 11:30-12:30 in the MESA conference room, 3rd floor of the Bertolini Student Center. The club meets every Tuesday except during semester breaks. You can also e-mail Rhonda Findling to schedule a one-on-one counseling appointment.
Second Chance club partners with the Sonoma County Low Rider Council to put on a Chicano Classic Car Show fundraiser in Summer 2019 to provide scholarships for Second Chance students.
Second Chance goes to Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles
Eight Second Chance students and four SRJC staff members took a field trip in June 2019 to Homeboy Industries, the largest re-entry from incarceration and gang life in the world. They met with Homeboy founder Father Gregory Boyle, shown in this photo receiving a Second Chance t-shirt.