Project Imagine is a 9-week work readiness program for ages 15 to 21 that provides at-risk and gang affiliated individuals with Employment education and on the job training. The program is based on the evidence based theory of Cognitive Behavior Therapy in that if the youth can implement new information and standards, then he or she can change their behavior. The idea is that the program creates a positive “image” in the mind of the youth so that he or she can “Imagine” a life without gangs or crime.
The participants receive hands on training at a worksite up to 40 hours per week through partnerships with city departments, non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses. The department of Juvenile Justice provides the referrals to the program and the program is funded through the Virginia Workforce YES program.