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San Diego Reentry Roundtable

About Us: We are the Education Subcommittee of San Diego Reentry Roundtable. San Diego Reentry Round table aims to promote the safe and successful return to the community for those who have been incarcerated. The Education Subcommittee seeks to partner with local non-profits, for-profit, government agencies, universities, community colleges, and vocational schools to provide educational information and support for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated returning to our community. Our group is comprised of educators, representatives from community-based organizations and governmental agencies, community members, and formerly incarcerated individuals. The Mission of the Education Subcommittee is to provide a forum to discuss educational opportunities, information, and resources for the adult and juvenile incarcerated population throughout San Diego County.


OFFICE HOURS: We hold office hours the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at a San Diego County library. If you need help getting started or continuing education, come see us! We provide assistance with job and education applications, and with navigating the computer. We will connect you with reentry resources and tutoring services. Please reach out to Dr. Bridget Burden below for details about location and time for each month (as we rotate between libraries).

Contact: Dr. Bridget Burden - Chair of the Education Subcommittee ARI Works Advance Reentry Initiative


Contact: Abby Gillespie - Secretary of the Education

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GRID Alternatives San Diego

About Us: Local leaders tout San Diego as "America's Solar City", but dig a little deeper and you won't find many solar rooftops in San Diego's low-income neighborhoods. GRID Alternatives San Diego is working to change that. From San Ysidro to Escondido, Barrio Logan to Julian, we are bringing the power of solar electricity to low-income families, rooftop by rooftop, at the rate of about two homes a week. And we do it all with the help of community volunteers and job trainees, who can use the experience to help them get jobs in the rapidly growing solar industry.


Contact: General Inquiries

Vocational Traning

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Getting Education Done (GED)

Personalized teaching and mentoring to support individuals of all ages in their
educational completion, vocational training, and job success.
They offer:

  • GED & HI-Set Preparation
  • Assistance in applying for College & Scholarships
  • Support Accessing Vocational Education & Job Readiness

Contact: Margo Alon


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Resume Builder

Resume Builder offers free, HR-approved resume templates to help you create a professional resume in minutes. Choose from several template options and even pre-populate a resume from your LinkedIn profile. Create an account to save your progress and multiple versions, plus download as a PDF.

Contact: (800) 301-9082


High School Diploma & GED

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Heart Leaders Academy

Heart Leaders Academy Charter School is an innovative educational institution that goes beyond traditional learning by seamlessly integrating education with comprehensive mental health services. Our primary goal is to create an exceptional learning environment where students thrive and embrace their complete selves. We prioritize the holistic development of our students, nurturing their academic growth alongside their emotional well-being. By incorporating mental health services directly into our curriculum, we provide students with essential tools and support to navigate challenges, fostering coping strategies, resilience, and self-awareness. Our strong focus on mental health, life skills, and career paths creates a safe and inclusive space, ensuring that students' emotional needs are met, cultivating a sense of belonging, and promoting positive relationships among peers and staff. As a proud partner of YouthBuild Charter School of California, we are dedicated to empowering marginalized communities and offering a safe haven for students aged 15 to 30 or *higher who are seeking a high school diploma. Through purpose-driven programs such as coding, trade programs, and ongoing education at two or four-year colleges or in the military, we equip our students with the knowledge and skills necessary for sustainable employment and success in all aspects of life.

Heart Leaders Academy emerged in response to a distinct need, recognizing a significant gap between the education system and the local community. As a recently established institution that launched in 2023, HLA is dedicated to surpassing expectations and effectively bridging this divide. Leveraging extensive expertise in addressing systemic flaws within the education sector, Heart Leaders Academy has developed a pioneering learning model that is poised to expand to other cities, making a lasting impact on the education landscape.

Who Do We Serve: Our program is dedicated to serving a diverse population, including individuals from marginalized communities, those who have been formerly incarcerated, high school dropouts, students with behavioral challenges, students with learning disabilities, students in need of a smaller learning environment, and undocumented students. We are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive educational experience that addresses the unique needs of each student, fostering their growth, and empowering them to reach their full potential.




Network of non-profit public schools that provide students personalized learning, career training, and life skills. They offer a free and innovative approach focused on personalized learning.

  • Personalized Learning
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Free Tutoring
  • Students Aged 14-24 can enroll at any time
  • Diploma, job skills, and career training

Contact: Priscilla Cortez


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My Academy

A non-classroom based California public charter school serving grades TK-12 and young adults ages 18-24. They educate students who are seeking independent study and an alternative to traditional schooling with an enriched virtual blended learning model. We also offer a home school program, as well as schooling for young adults.

  • At-Promise Pathway: Repeat unsuccessful coursework or catch up in your
  • College & Career Pathway: Build academic skills, get your high school diploma,
    and prepare for college or career.
  • Young Adult Pathway: Earn your high school diploma (ages 19-24).


  • Laptop & WIFI Hotspot
  • Transit Passes
  • Basic monthly YMCA membership
  • In person 1-on-1 meetings with credentialed teachers.

Contact: Bill Dobson - Interim Director



Mental Health Training

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Mental Health First Aid Program

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

Contact: LaTanya J. Runnells, Ph.D. Certified Mental Health Instructor/Program Manager

  • 619-543-0412 x114