Second Chances

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Second Chances

Helping formerly incarcerated individuals by providing comprehensive support services that lead to their success after incarceration.

Program Description:

Second Chances is designed to assist non-violent offenders and formerly incarcerated individuals between the ages of 10 - 20, with transitional support services that lead to economic and social stability and healthy lifestyles.

VOACC will serve non-violent individuals living with the stigma of being labeled an ex-offender. Individuals having difficulty with employment, housing, substance, addiction issues, and other systematic barriers are able to obtain a positive re-entry experience into society.

Second Chances shall provide services to those youth who are being served in the Newport News Juvenile Detention Center (NNJDC) Post Dispositional Program who may have been diagnosed with a severe mental health disorder.

VOACC intends to provide reentry services to youth (male and female) between 10 – 20 years of age who are detained in the NNJDC and show a willingness to actively participate and adhere to program components. 


Eligible participants must be between the ages of 10 and 20 and cannot have been committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) within the last 18 months. They cannot have been previously or currently adjudicated of a violent juvenile felony or found guilty of a violent juvenile felony.

Services Provided

  • Social Services Supports: to encourage participation in eligible federal, state, and local supports to address food insecurity, housing and transportation issues.
  • Vocational & Life Skill Supports: to encourage development of positive social skills, employability skills, consumer skills and financial management.
  • Academic Supports: to encourage completion of diploma or GED requirements.
  • Mentorship & Peer Supports: to discourage association with negative peer associations
  • Vocational & Employment Supports: to encourage technical

Community Partners

  • Youth Work Force Center - Services consist that once an individual is determined eligible, they may receive services from In-School programs. Individuals may receive any of the 14 program elements under the Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act.
  • Newport News Public Schools: work with Newport News Publics Schools to enroll students in traditional or non-traditional school.
  • Peninsula Regional Education Program (PREP) - offers instruction for learners in basic skills, GED Certification, English language learning, and workforce training to effectively prepare individuals for college, careers, and citizenship.
  • Four Oaks Day Training Center - helps people transition out of homelessness into employment, stable housing and independence.
  • Heart of Giving - help meet the needs of the community by connecting families to resources to bridge the gap in their needs through limitless acts of giving.
  • Breeden Construction – work with to provide employment opportunities either with Breeden or some of their sub-contractors.
  • Bay Electric - work with students from Second Chances to assist Apprenticeship training as well as On the Job Training once a student has gone through Pre-Apprenticeship training.

    Program Locations:

    Four Oaks Day Training Center
    7401 Warwick Blvd
    Newport News, VA 23607

    Brooks Crossing Innovation Center
    550 E. 30th Street
    Newport News, Virginia 23607


    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm