Each year US correctional institutions release back into the community 630,000 adult offenders and 100,000 youthful offenders. Many of those individuals have no job skills, did not complete their education, and have given no thought to life after incarceration. The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative will involve helping offenders still in prison to return to formal education, develop their individual reentry programs, and take advantage of assistance programs already in place. After release from confinement, the individual is eligible to help create a community-based reentry program. Many successful and effective reentry programs were created and implemented at state and local levels. Teleconference participants discuss how to apply for federal grants to help support local reentry programs. The federal initiative is a multi-agency effort. Currently, five federal organizations are participating.