Urban Youth Reentry Programs

Regain Your Confidence. Reimagine Your Future. Rebuild Your Life.

Ensuring Opportunites and Preparedness for Higher Education, Career and Life!

A primary focus of the Urban League of Essex County's reentry efforts is to remove or reduce barriers to successful reentry, so that motivated individuals - who have served their time and paid their debt to society - are able to compete for a job, attain stable housing, support their children and their families, and contribute to their communities.

Our Reentry Programs


Minimum Program Requirements:

  • 18-24 years of age
  • Reside in Newark, Irvington, or East Orange, New Jersey
  • Be Justice Involved (been to jail/arrested/incarcerated)


  • Construction
  • IT (Information Technology)
  • Supply Chain
  • Associate Degree (in partnership with Essex County College)

Program Offers:

  • Job Readiness Training
  • Financial Literacy
  • Civic and Social Engagement
  • Performance Based Stipends
  • Job Placement Assistance

The National Urban League's Urban Youth Reentry Program is 100% funded by the US Department of Labor.


Minimum Program Requirements:

  • 18 years older
  • Reside anywhere in the State of New Jersey
  • Been released from State prison in the last 7 years
  • Been released from County Jail in the last 3 years
  • Be on Parole or ISP (Intensive Supervision Program)


  • Truck Driving / CDL (Commercial Driver's License)

Program Offers:

  • Job Readiness Training
  • Financial Literacy
  • Civic and Social Engagement
  • Earn While You Learn Stipends
  • Job Placement Assistance

The Urban League of Essex County's T.O.T.A.L CHANGE Program is funded by the New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey Locally Empowered, Accountable and Determined (NJLEAD Initiative)

Redman and DoItAll (Lords of the Underground) Mentoring Our Urban Youth Reentry Program Students (11/8/21)

"Today was a great day that reminded me of how thankful I am for #God & #Growth.  Myself and my brother @remangilla spoke to a group of young fellas between the ages of 18-24 who passed a course on #Construction while they are currently on #Probation.  Our talk was meant to keep them motivated on this journey we call #Life."  Read the full comment on Instagram @doitalldu 

We Believe in Possibilities, Potential, and Purpose!

For almost 100 years, the Urban League of Essex County has been helping young people get back on track.  The majority go on to lead positive lives, making valued contributions to their families and the communities where they live and work.

We will never give up on our youth!  Our investments in our young people are both worthy and wise.  After all, today's youth and young adults will determine the richness of our shared future.

To make a donation in support of these programs, please click the button below.  Thank you!

For more information:

Urban Youth Reentry Program
Donnell Hill
Program Manager
(973) 624-9535 x212


T.O.T.A.L. CHANGE Program
Anthony Hernandez
Senior Advocacy Counselor
(973) 624-9535 x274

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