Ex-Offender Services (New D.R.E.A.M.)

Who We Are

New D.R.E.A.M…..changes the game. Formerly known as “Project Open Gate”, New D.R.E.A.M. is a program for Returning Citizens who are on parole or probation. NEW DEAM helps students transition into college. Our program will be tailored to the individual needs of our students. NEW DREAM students have many pathway options including: Certificate/Associate Degree, Job Readiness Preparation, Cross Enrollment, and/or Transfer to four year college/university.

Our Services

We provide:

  • Education and career planning
  • Priority registration
  • School supplies
  • Legal Services Clinic
  • Assistance with completing the financial aid application
  • Community of peers


New D.R.E.A.M. literally saved my life. After 20 years of Incarceration, I had no clue what I was going to do. New D.R.E.A.M. accepted me as I was and helped me enroll in the College of Alameda (CoA). Now I have graduated from the ATLAS program with a certificate which helped assist me with getting employment. I am concurrently enrolled in CoA and UC Berkeley to obtain my B.A. for more stable employment. New D.R.E.A.M. has helped coach me to secure my own place in the world. Now I’m in pursuit of starting my own business. New D.R.E.A.M. is the way to go.

– Rodney Scott


To reduce the recidivism rate of incarceration 100% through education and career placement, and by rebuilding family and community.