The Other Side Academy (TOSA) is a social enterprise nonprofit where repeat criminals and chronic substance abusers, many of whom experience homelessness, can change their lives.
Delegates of the 2016 Leadership Exchange in Salt Lake City experienced TOSA, which functions as a school where students learn vocational, pro-social and life skills so they can succeed on “the other side” of addiction and criminal behavior.
Energized by what they learned, members of the LEX delegation are working diligently to find a home for TOSA in the Denver metro area.
Why Colorado and why now?
- Colorado spends $660 million per year on incarceration
- Colorado has a 49 percent recidivism rate, one of the highest in the country
Learn more about TOSA.
A special thank you to the TOSA Denver Advisory Council: Chair of the Advisory Council Andrew Schmidt, Core Contractors Roofing Systems; Kelly Brough, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; Sean Campbell, Formativ; Bob Deibel, OfficeScapes; Steve Foster, Convercent; Anthony E. Graves, Office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City and County of Denver; Councilman Chris Herndon, City and County of Denver; Bruce James, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Kittie Hook, NGKF; Regina Huerter, Office of Behavioral Health; Margie Mauldin, Executive Forum; Kirk Monroe, Vectra Bank; Ceyl Prinster, Colorado Enterprise Fund; Amy Venturi, State of Colorado; Kirsten Vermulen, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation; Beth Wolfson, Leadership Counsulting Services; Andrea Young, Colorado Technology Association.