We work with returning citizens to co-create customized “Life Plans” that meet their unique challenges, circumstances, and vision for the future. We help them cultivate people skills, connect them to paths of self-sufficiency and assist them in building a community of supportive friends. We also educate and partner with youth and their families to disrupt pipelines to prison.

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The Problem

In Tennessee, 57,000 people are incarcerated in prison and jails. Over 90% of them will return home to communities across the state. Without adequate support, 46% will return back to a cage within 3 years.

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We engage youth to disrupt the pipelines to prison.

We help returning citizens identify and meet their needs for a successful future. We match at risk populations with resources to help them achieve their goals and provide them mentorship and support.

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Your generosity will help us bring hope and community to formerly incarcerated adults and at risk youth

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UVO inspires me to speak and be my truth without fear; I feel stronger when I am guided by positive successful formerly incarcerated persons.
— Maurice H