The Other Side Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, social enterprise modeled after the Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco. Repeat criminals and chronic substance abusers, many of whom experience homelessness, can change their lives, free of charge, in a two-year, residential, non-clinical, work-oriented environment.
The Other Side Academy 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.
Joseph Grenny, New York Times bestselling author of Crucial Conversations and Influencer, successfully implemented the first replication of this model in Salt Lake City in 2015. After just 19 months, it was financially and operationally self-sufficient through the revenues generated by the social ventures of the students in the program.