Jose Barron is currently an MSW candidate at the University of Southern California and an intern at The SISGI Group. Jose’s personal experience with incarceration has led to his resilient work to serve his local community by mentoring and providing guidance to troubled youth and active gang members. Prior to pursuing his Masters degree, Jose served as the Director at the Center for Employment and Training in Oxnard where he was able to help his clients choose a more positive life path through empowering them with skill building opportunities. Jose shares his story with others to instill hope and provide guidance to juvenile inmates and recent parolees from the California Department of Corrections. Jose is also an associate of USC’s Student Government where he holds office as the 2017-2018 Communication Representative. In addition, he has recently joined the National Association of Social Work-USC unit for 2017-2018.
Approximately 2.1 million youth under the age of 18 are arrested in the United States in a single year. Outcomes for youth involved in the justice system can include recidivism, academic failure, as well as mental health and substance abuse issues. However, there is a movement to reform the justice system by offering youth alternative …
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