Helping previously incarcerated individuals gain practical digital skills
Economic opportunity should be available to everyone. For the more than 600,000 people who leave prison every year in the U.S., finding a job is a top priority — and a challenge, especially when a lack of digital skills makes it difficult to compete. The unemployment rate of people impacted by incarceration is five times higher than average, and Black men and women who have been previously incarcerated face disproportionately higher unemployment rates than other demographic groups.
This is why we’re partnering with nonprofits that serve people affected by incarceration to help them develop the digital skills they need to successfully find a job or start a business.
We’ve worked with nonprofit partners to create a Curriculum Guide for Partner Organizations. The guide was designed as an easy-to-use resource to help community organizations deliver digital skills training to people returning from incarceration. Its five learning paths are focused on developing the necessary skills for the evolving workforce, and are all available online for free.
Click below to explore the Curriculum Guide for Partner Organizations.
For jobseekers, we encourage you to reach out to the partners featured below, who will be delivering this content in their communities, or visit the Grow with Google Events page.
Any nonprofit organization offering training to the reentry population can join the Grow with Google Partner Program, which provides access to resources, workshop materials, and hands-on help, completely free of cost.
To learn more, visit www.grow.google/partners, or apply to join the Partner Program.
To support reentry nonprofits and workforce development agencies across the nation, we will be compiling key learnings and best practices into a playbook that will be released with our partners by the end of 2021. Join the Grow with Google Partner program to be notified as soon as the playbook is available.
The Ladies of Hope Ministries (LOHM)
The mission of the LOHM is to create alternatives to incarceration, decarceration, and post-incarceration opportunities for women and mothers by providing access to resources for education, entrepreneurship, and sustainability through advocacy.
Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
CEO provides effective and comprehensive employment services to 10,000 job seekers with past convictions each year. CEO’s vision is that anyone with a criminal record who wants to work should have the preparation and support they need to find a job and stay connected to the labor force.
Defy Ventures is a national nonprofit with a vision to cut recidivism in half by leveraging entrepreneurship to increase economic opportunity and transform lives. Defy Ventures' programs are helping currently- and formerly-incarcerated people nationwide defy the odds by providing pathways to employment, entrepreneurship, and a successful reentry.
The Fortune Society
The Fortune Society’s vision is to foster a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can thrive as positive, contributing members of society. Its innovative reentry service and advocacy model is informed and implemented by professionals with justice histories who inspire participants to rebuild their lives with empathy.
The Last Mile
The mission of The Last Mile is to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth for justice-impacted individuals through in-prison education and technology training. Post-release, The Last Mile helps formerly incarcerated people find employment, thereby leading to meaningful careers, increasing stability in their communities, and promoting racial equity in the tech sector.
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