Meet the Alabama Vaccine Confidence Network’s Latest Partner – Offender Alumni Association
The Offender Alumni Association’s mission is to create a network of former offenders who inspire each other to reduce recidivism, develop healthy relationships within their communities, and provide opportunities for social, economic, and civic empowerment.
How We Work Together
After two years, OAA became an official 501(c)3 non-profit and launched support forums in two major Alabama prisons, in addition to implementing its community revitalization initiative. By 2017, over 500 former offenders and family members had attended the outside support forum, and nearly 2000 had come to an in-prison support group. OAA then added a family support group and hosted a Youth Career Readiness Initiative with 14 at-risk youth in the summer. In 2018, OAA launched two additional outside support forums (one in Birmingham West End and one in the Atlanta Metro area) and started an inside forum for women at the Birmingham Community Base Facility. OAA joined the VCN as an expansion of its involvement in community health initiatives to include a community-based COVID-19 response.