WCAC’s Start Our Success program, contracted by the City of Worcester and funded through the state Community Safety Initiative, collaborates with the Worcester Police Department’s Gang Unit. Under the SOS Program, the WPD meets one-on-one with young adults, high risk probationers, and recently released Worcester offenders ages 17-24 to determine if they are appropriate for the program. Through these referrals by the WPD Gang Unit, WCAC enrolls participants in summer work experience placements.
The Case Manager/Job Developer meets as needed with each participant to track progress and solve problems. Staff will also meet with work supervisors and others involved with current participants and provide case management services.