Cross 'n' the Hood
Cross 'n' the Hood encompasses LOV's re-entry assistance program, job training program, and gang intervention program.
The the re-entry program serves those recently released from incarceration by assessing job skills, offering GED classes, and obtaining identification cards, food handler certifications, and other basic qualifications for entry-level employment. Working in partnership with Mobile Works, a federally funded job training and career development program, and Project HOPE (Helping Offenders Pursue Excellence), an initiative of U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown, we help clients locate employment in the Mobile area.
Of those individuals who were actively involved in our programs (including the GED and Life Skills program and Yard Dawgz), 54% have found employment in the past year. The Light of the Village job training program is modeled after that of the nation’s best practice in gang intervention, Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California. Homeboy Industries sends representatives to Light of the Village four times a year to provide guidance and encouragement to the LOV staff.
Through its relationship with Strickland Youth Center, Light of the Village staff and advocates are able to make regular, monthly visits and share personal testimonies of Christ’s faith, hope, and love with the juveniles incarcerated at this facility.