Human Services

RISE UP INDUSTRIES

A place to belong

aka Rise Up Industries   |   Santee, CA   |  https://riseupindustries.org/

Mission

We create safer neighborhoods by helping former gang members reintegrate successfully into our communities.

Ruling year info

2014

Director

Joe Gilbreath

Main address

8530 Roland Acres Drive

Santee, CA 92071 USA

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EIN

80-0908912

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Single Organization Support (P11)

Employment Training (J22)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We create safer neighborhoods by helping former gang members reintegrate successfully into our communities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Reentry Program

Machine Shop Social Enterprise

Population(s) Served
Males
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of multi-year grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people

Related Program

Reentry Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Rise Up Industries' mission is to minimize street gang involvement in San Diego by providing integrated gang prevention, gang intervention, and post-detention reentry services. <br/><br/>Short-term goals are focused on assisting individuals who are involved with gangs, or who are at risk of becoming involved with gangs, to achieve better life alternatives to gang life. <br/><br/>Success in the short-term goals will facilitate achieving the long-term goals of minimizing gangs. The center of gravity of a gang is its membership. This center of gravity is disrupted through the three prong approach of: 1) eliminating the gang recruiting population (Gang Prevention), 2) assisting those on the periphery of gangs to depart gang life and achieve better life alternatives (Gang Intervention), and 3) assisting former gang-involved individuals to depart gang life and to successfully reenter society upon their release from incarceration (Post-Detention Reentry). <br/><br/>Achieving our goals will result in safer communities where our youth can enjoy their childhood, know that they belong, and are empowered to reach their full potential.

Research indicates that youth join gangs because they need a place to belong and believe they have no alternatives. Our strategy is to provide better life alternatives to those who seek to avoid or leave gang life. Our basic strategy is to provide an environment of acceptance and community where our members will experience kinship and know that they belong. Additionally we provide a comprehensive set of services to address all of our members' needs: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Meeting these needs will empower our members to reach their full potential. <br/>Our strategy is to begin with our Reentry Program. Once it is fully implemented we will expand and open our Prevention and Intervention Programs. <br/>Key characteristics of our Reentry Programs are:<br/>a. Long-Term. Our Reentry Program members are actively involved in programming, job training or employment, 40 hours per week for 18 months. Graduates will be encouraged to become lifetime Rise Up Industry alumni. Their continued contributions as employees, volunteers, coaches, mentors, credible messengers, speakers, etc. will assist in the long-term sustainability of the program. <br/> <br/>b. Jobs. We employ our members with interim paid employment, in one of our social enterprises, while they are working on their other assessed needs. This interim employment provides income, life skills training, work ethic development, specific job skill training and builds confidence and a sense of self worth. Studies have shown that employers are more likely to hire an ex-offender who has been through some job training program with favorable evaluations from their supervisor . <br/><br/>c. Education. Our program reinforces the value of education. We will encourage and assist our members to obtain a high school diploma/GED as a minimum. Additionally, we will encourage further education/career training as required to meet their career/employment goals.<br/> <br/>d. Collaboration. Gangs are a community issue. They negatively impact the entire community, and the solution to the gang situation will require the involvement of the entire community: schools, local government agencies, faith communities, neighborhood volunteers and local businesses. Our approach is to collaborate with all who are interested in addressing this community wide issue. <br/>The fundamental concepts of our approach are modeled after Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. Homeboy Industries has been serving this population for over 25 years and is recognized as the largest and most effective gang intervention and reentry program in the country. We are also a member of the Global Homeboy Network, a collaboration of nonprofits and organizations working with this population, and who meet annually to share lessons learned. Our model has a proven track record and we are actively engaged in learning ways to continually improve our impact.

Rise Up Industries has a nine member board of directors with a broad background of experience. This experience includes founders and owners of private businesses, college professor in counseling and psychology, licensed clinical social worker, director of development, accounting, prison ministry and over 50 years of military leadership. <br/>Rise Up Industries also has a 14 member advisory council that provides additional experience in the legal, medical, education, banking, counseling, nonprofit and spiritual arenas.<br/>Rise Up Industries is addressing a complex county wide issue that requires collaboration across many sectors of society. In order to maintain contact with collaborative partners, stay current on conditions and programs, and to benefit from lessons learned and best practices, we participate in the following:<br/> Global Homeboy Network: Attend annual gathering to share lessons and best practices.<br/> San Diego Reentry Roundtable: Attend monthly meetings to stay current on all developments and to connect with collaborative partners.<br/> City of San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention: One of our Board members is a commissioner.<br/> Kairos International Prison Ministry: Three board members are active volunteers.

Rise Up Industries has started with our Reentry Program. The goal of our Reentry Program is to assist former gang involved individuals to successfully reenter society and depart gang life. Program progress will be measured by tracking the following data. <br/><br/>1. Number of members successfully leaving gang life<br/>2. Number of parole/probation members successfully completing their parole/probation<br/>3. Number of members successfully completing the program<br/>4. Number of Rise Up Industries alumni not re-incarcerated<br/> a. 6 months after graduation<br/> b. 12 months after graduation<br/> c. 18 months after graduation<br/> d. 24 months after graduation <br/>5. Number of Rise Up Industries alumni employed upon graduation <br/> a. 6 months after graduation<br/> b. 12 months after graduation<br/> c. 18 months after graduation<br/> d. 24 months after graduation <br/><br/>Member data will be collected and maintained by a case manager. Close coordination with the police department, sheriff department, parole and probation will be maintained in order to obtain information on parole / probation status and incidents with law enforcement and re-incarceration.<br/>Graduates will be encouraged to be active alumni members and to stay in contact. Follow-up services will be available and will assist efforts to maintain contact with graduates and receive reliable employment data.<br/>Rise Up Industries will also maintain contact with local employers of Rise Up Industries alumni in an effort to receive program feedback and employment status.

Rise Up Industries is a relatively new nonprofit. The initial component of our program was tattoo removal services which began in August 2013. We have served over 70 clients and performed over 200 treatments. The removal of visible gang tattoos can have a major positive impact on an individual's life. The testimonial of the positive impacts to one of our clients can be viewed on our website (www.riseupindustries.org).<br/>Our Reentry Program began in early 2016 with the opening of our machine shop social enterprise. We are training our initial members to be Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine operators. Early success in our training program and the ability to obtain contract work in order to provide real world work experience has led us to expand our machine shop. The expansion will allow us to enroll more members and to expand our Reentry Program. The expanded machine shop will also allow us to increase our contract work which will help to generate the revenue for continued growth. <br/>As our program is long-term (18 months), the results of our program are measured over the long term as well. Providing a comprehensive set of services is expensive and thus limits the number of members that can initially be served. These low numbers minimize the measureable impacts of the program and that is not attractive to some funders. Thus, growth can be slow. Nevertheless, based on the quality of our machining and the nature of our mission, our contract work is growing. The increase in revenue will help our growth. As we begin to graduate our members and get them placed as credible employees with local businesses we will begin to break down the barriers to the employment of ex-offenders. The demonstration that positive life changes can be made, together with the realization of safer communities and the reduction in recidivism, will lead to broader community support of both our program as well as the members we serve.

Financials

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RISE UP INDUSTRIES

Board of directors
as of 2/20/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Joe Gilbreath

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Board co-chair

Ross Provenzano

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Steve Spooner

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Steve Boyle

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Gary Lynn

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Keywords

Reentry, gangs, employment, recidivism, safer neighborhoods