Albany Works! is a collaborative pilot program between the City of Albany and its Municipal Court designed to provide alternative sentencing for individuals with misdemeanor charges, to reduce court recidivism, and to help citizens gain job readiness skills. The program serves as a conduit, through which citizens have access to assistance and services provided by local agencies and educational entities focused on employment, education/job readiness, and medical/ behavioral health services, supporting their pathway to self-sufficiency.
The initiative’s targeted populations are between the ages of 18-35, have repetitive misdemeanor offenses, and are deemed “undereducated, underemployed, and/or homeless.” Court-ordered participants engage in the development of their Life Action Plans including direct access to the appropriate service providers.
Participants are paired with an Accountability Coach (community volunteers). The coach provides additional positive reinforcement in support of the individual completing their Life Action Plan.
Innovative Community Service, instead of payment of fines, is a part of the program strategy. Work assignments in various City departments, typically filled by temporary staff, are filled by program participants. Participants develop and improve their employment “soft skills.” Successful completion of the program will include the receipt of stipends and the Court expunging participants’ records.
Our community partners include Albany State University, Albany Technical College, Aspire Behavioral Health, City of Albany, City of Albany Municipal Court, Eckerd connect Paxen Learning Services, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, Inc., Strive to Thrive, and 9to5.
Volunteer Accountability Coaches
All Accountability Coaches will be interviewed, subjective to a background screening & drug test at no cost to the individual. If accepted to the program, you will be expected to go through Coaches training and to participate in an Albany Works! Orientation where you will be paired with an Albany Works! Participant of the same gender. The Accountability Coaches’ Coordinator will be your point of contact and will walk you through what to expect.
For more information on Accountability Coaches, click here.
For the application to become an Accountability Coach, click here
Dr. Dwight L. Baker, IPMA-SCP
Director of Human Resources
Ms. Debra McFadden-Bryant
Business Process Improvement Specialist