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Not just an instructor: Mentoring young adults experiencing reentry

April 04, 2022

Teaching students how to fix cars is only part of Vernon Brown’s job. As an auto repair instructor at the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) in Baltimore, Maryland, he is also a mentor to the young adults in the program.

NCIA is one of 11 organizations supported through the Compass Rose Collaborative, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and implemented by FHI 360’s National Institute for Work and Learning. Its mission is to improve education and employment outcomes for young adults (ages 18 through 24) who have had contact with the criminal justice system.

Learn more about Brown’s approach to teaching and mentorship in this photo story: