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Toolkit: Do You Need Vital Documents?

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide basic information about how to obtain vital documents. Birth certificates, social security cards, state identification cards, working papers and health records are all examples of vital documents. You need one or more of these documents to get a job, apply for benefits, get an apartment, apply for a GED and apply for college. This resource contains answers to common questions and also gives links to websites and organizations that can help you obtain your documents. View toolkit here

PowerCorpsPHL is accepting applications through August 1st: Interested in applying?

PowerCorpsPHL is a City of Philadelphia AmeriCorps initiative operated by EducationWorks. It is a 12-month workforcedevelopment program that tackles pressing environmental challenges, including improving stormwater management, increasing tree coverage, and revitalizing public land. Members of PowerCorpsPHL serve on crews with the City of Philadelphia’s Water and Parks & Recreation departments. All members work on projects the first 5 months and spend the sixth month in intensive career training. Crews serve Monday through Friday 7:45am – 3:30pm; and some evenings and weekends in park and public lands, recreation centers, public gardens, public riverbanks and waterways, and green stormwater i

New report, Out of Prison & Out of Work, calculates the first unemployment rate for formerly inc

For the 5 million formerly incarcerated people living in the U.S., landing a job means more than just personal success: It means finding a place in their communities and being able to care for their loved ones. StartFragment It’s well known that the obstacles to finding a job are severe for formerly incarcerated people. The scale of this problem, however, has been difficult to measure – until now. In Out of Prison & Out of Work, the Prison Policy Initiative calculates that 27% of formerly incarcerated people are looking for a job but can’t find one: [if lte IE 7]> <link href="//static.prisonpolicy.org/css/ie7.css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen" /> <![endif][if lte IE 6]> <link href="//

Businesses can't find people to hire. So why is unemployment still so high for this demographic?

July 10, 2018 By Chandra Bozelko and Ryan Lo Photo by Jessica Contrera NBC News StartFragmentStereotypes about people with criminal records hurt employers as much as they do would-be workers. EndFragment Despite a record 6.7 million open jobs in America and the fact that nearly one-third of small businesses cannot fill open jobs, the stigma against hiring formerly incarcerated people is so severe that more than 27 percent of us are unemployed, according to a study out on Tuesday from the Prison Policy Initiative. StartFragmentThat is higher than the total U.S. unemployment rate during any historical period, including the Great Depression, when unemployment was 25 percent — and it suggests t

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)--Mitigation Specialist open with The Defender Association of Ph

Job Summary The Defender Association’s Juvenile Life Without Parole Project (JLWOP) has been funded by the City of Philadelphia as part of a three (3) year special project to resolve the Philadelphia Juvenile Life Without Parole cases. The JLWOP will represent 225 of approximately 300 juvenile lifers currently serving unconstitutional sentences. We are in the final year of the program. This position is for one year period. The JLWOP Mitigation Specialist will prepare for and assist attorneys as they litigate Resentencing Hearings in homicide cases, many of which occurred decades ago. The Mitigator will identify and interview significant family members; prepare extensive, reliable and multi-

Prison Linkage Specialist with ICJ

Job Summary Philadelphia FIGHT's Institute for Community Justice (ICJ) works with people returning to the community from prison or jail. We are a community center for individuals impacted by imprisonment, and our programs include a reentry drop-in center, local jail "in-reach" services, educational programming, therapeutic recreation and comprehensive reentry support. The Bilingual Prison Linkage Specialist is to respond to referrals from the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, and support a case load of primarily Spanish speaking clients living with HIV throughout their incarceration and after their release. Responsibilities include discharge planning with an emphasis on HIV continuity of c

Case Manager/Coordinator position open with PHMC

Responsibilities: Provide case management to STRIVE students to ensure successful program participation and completion of 85%of case load Participate in two week pre assessment phase and program orientation Identify needs of Welcome Home Kits Distribute welcome home kits to participants Conduct cross system intake assessment to assess student status and needs in the areas of education, including any gaps or learning differences, employability, housing status, parenting status, career and other interests, mental health status, and overall health status Develop strengths-based Individual Development Plan outlining all planned services for the students including the Individual Career Plan and o

Beyond SEPTA Key: New program replaces tokens for people in need

July 12, 2018 By Michaela Winberg Billy Penn For most of us, the SEPTA token died on April 30, 2018. That’s the official date that the transit authority quit selling tokens, which were redeemable for one ride on any SEPTA bus, subway or trolley. Tokens have since been replaced by the Key Card, a reloadable swipe card that you fill up with money and use over time. For many Philadelphians, the switch to an electronic payment method added convenience to riding public transportation. But the Key isn’t necessarily more convenient for everyone. It posed new challenges for people experiencing economic hardship, who need a little help paying for SEPTA fare and often receive tokens through social ser

JustLeadershipUSA 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellowship: Applications Now Open

Mission JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform. Leading with Conviction JLUSA believes that America’s most challenging barrier to expansive, systemic criminal and juvenile justice reform is the absence of clear and consistent leadership by those who have been directly affected by our failed criminal justice policies. Leading with Conviction (LwC) is an advanced leadership training specifically tailored for formerly incarcerated (anyone who has been incarcerated or under supervision in the criminal or juvenile justice systems), mid-senior level leaders with a

Register for Webinar: Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People with an Opioid Addiction

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Thursday, July 26 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET People leaving incarceration and returning to the community face significant challenges; those who also have an opioid addiction face even more, as they have a significantly higher risk of overdose or overdose-related death than the general public. These statistics mean that the staff from the correctional facilities, community-based treatment providers, and probation and parole agencies working with people with an opioid addiction need to be aware of the best practices for supporting them throughout their reentr

Male Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: a Professional Training

Join the staff of our Blingual Domestic Violence Program for a day focused on the needs, challenges, and barriers faced by male survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). While remaining grounded in the reality that women experience abuse more often than men, we will work to build understanding, knowledge, and skills in working with men whose experience of abuse often leaves them trapped in stigma and silence. Participants will: Learn about the common dynamics of IPV and how they can be shaped by gender Practice assessing male-identifying clients to identify survivors and abusive partners Develop agency appropriate language and skills to screen male clients for IPV Adapt empowerment couns

HUD Continuum of Care Program Funding

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) establishes the funding criteria for the FY 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. HUD is making available approximately $2.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 for the CoC Program. The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-s

The Forward Promise Fellowship for Leaders

The Forward Promise Fellowship for Leaders is accepting applications now through July 20. Sign up for the informational webinar today! We are seeking both emerging and experienced leaders with a vision for healing for boys and young men of color and their communities to engage in an inter-generational, 18-month experience. Register here!

Register for Webinar: Best and Promising Practices in Integrating Reentry and Employment Interventio

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Tuesday, July 17 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET This webinar is based on lessons learned from integrating reentry and employment interventions to help people returning home after incarceration find and keep employment. The presentation will be especially useful for corrections, reentry, and workforce development administrators and practitioners that are interested in maximizing scarce resources and improving recidivism and employment outcomes. Presenters will: Discuss promising practices for connecting people to appropriate services based on their specific ri

Resource alert: Attend this free legal clinic for nonprofits

By Julie Zeglen Generocity Philly lawyers are doing more pro bono work than ever, according to a 2017 report from the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Still, there are common challenges to recruiting lawyers to work pro bono: They’re generally strapped for time, sometimes unfamiliar with pro bono cases’ subject matters and often have a hard time knowing where to find cases that do match their interests. To combat those challenges, the report recommended, among other things, expanding the one-day clinic model. Luckily for local nonprofits, Philadelphia VIP is in the business of doing just that. At its next free legal assessment clinic, Philly-based nonprofits can

Re-entry simulation highlights challenges people face after being released from prison

By Steve Tawa June 29, 2018 KYW News Radio 1060 PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Participants at a "Re-entry simulation" on Friday faced the often unpredictable challenges that people encounter when they get out of prison. It was a taste of re-entry reality. Assuming the identities of ex-offenders, they had a check-list of tasks - moving table to table - each of which represented various stops on the outside. They included dealing with half-way houses, probation, obtaining a driver's license, going to treatment centers, and filing out job applications. They were community activists, people in law enforcement, probation and parole, the court system, and folks who did take that route out of pri

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Launches Fair Chance Philly Campaign

June 28, 2018 "On July 1, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) will officially launch Fair Chance Philly, a messaging campaign to raise awareness about the City of Philadelphia’s Fair Chance Hiring Law, previously known as “Ban the Box.” The law helps open doors to employment for Philadelphians with a criminal record and aids in reducing recidivism by making it illegal for employers to ask about a person’s criminal record during the hiring process. The multi-media campaign, funded through a grant from Samuel S. Fels Fund, will begin spreading out across the city through a variety of local neighborhood newspapers, radio spots, Septa transit advertising, and distribution of

Another Hurdle For Formerly Incarcerated: Their Teeth

By Taylor Elizabeth June 28, 2018 The Marshall Project Kara Burns walked out of federal prison in 2013 with little more than a bus ticket and a few hundred dollars she’d managed to save inside. She needed to start job-hunting, but like many formerly incarcerated people, she had a problem that made rebuilding her life even more stressful: Bad teeth. Burns’ dental problems started long before her incarceration. For years, she used methamphetamine, which is known to cause devastating tooth damage and gum disease. While in prison for two and a half years on a drug charge, she saw a dentist twice, she said. By the time she was released, she was missing multiple teeth and had several other decayin

Strategies to Engage Employers in Conversations about Hiring Applicants with Criminal Records

May 30, 2018 The National Reentry Resource Center This tip sheet from the National Reentry Resource Center offers suggestions on how organizations and agencies that provide support to people who have criminal records—including parole and probation agencies, reentry service providers, and educational and occupational training programs—can engage employers in conversations about hiring people who have criminal records, which will help improve the employment outcomes of the people they serve.

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