CEO is hiring a Job Developer!

CEO is currently seeking to hire a Job Developer for our Philadelphia office, a role that’s crucial to CEO’s work to help individuals coming out of incarceration regain the skills and confidence needed for a successful transition to stable and productive lives. Job Developers increase the range of employment opportunities available to our participants using participant interests, experiences, and their ambitions as foundation for participant job placements, and more broadly, for the identification and cultivation of potential employers for prospect portfolios. The most rewarding part of being a Job Developer is the joy you feel upon making the “right fit” match between participant and e

CEO is Hiring a Crew Site Supervisor/ Team leader!

Are you looking for greater purpose within your work? Do you believe in equal opportunity and access for all? Are you a natural leader driven by fostering relationships and creating work environments that lead teams to achieve success? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we want to receive your application for our available Crew Site Supervisor / Team Leader position! Center for Employment Opportunities Crew Site Supervisor / Team Leader - Philadelphia, PA Compensation; $20.87 / hour, with weekly opportunities for overtime Read the full job description here!

BREAKING POVERTY: Crime, poverty often linked

September 17, 2018, John N. Mitchell - The Philadelphia Tribune There are the everyday burdens of life and then there are those Eric Eberhart is facing. In April, the 17-year-old Nicetown resident watched in horror from the passenger seat of his father’s car as bullets fired from a passing van exploded through the driver’s-side window and tore holes in Eric Eberhart Sr.’s chest, leaving him dead in the 4400 block of Germantown Avenue, right below Roosevelt Expressway. Eberhart Sr. had dropped off his 2-year-old daughter at a day care center just a few moments earlier. By itself, this is unimaginable trauma. But there’s more. A few weeks later, while he was sitting on a porch in Chester on a

The half-million-dollar state grant will help expand Philly’s Community Crisis Intervention Program

"Governor Wolf Announces Funding for Gun Violence Reduction Initiatives" September 9, 2018 - MyChesco Governor Tom Wolf recently announced the allocation of more than $1.5 million in funding to eight Pennsylvania municipalities for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. The funding was awarded through a competitive solicitation as part of a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency program to provide municipalities with funds to implement strategies resulting in the reduction of gun violence in communities. “This funding to help municipalities address their specific needs to reduce gun violence is an important to step to protect Pennsylvanians and make our communities the safest

Racial disparities plague Pennsylvania’s life-without-parole system — but can it be fixed?

September 17, 2018, Samantha Melamed - The Philadelphia Inquirer For State Sen. Sharif Street, the most promising sign in his quixotic bid to reform Pennsylvania's life-without-parole system came in the form of a call from Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers' libertarian political advocacy group. "It was some surprise when they sought us out," he said. "It's my first time being on the same side of an issue with them." Over the past year, Street, a Democrat from North Philadelphia, has been telling anyone who will listen that a change is overdue. Pennsylvania's murder rate ranks 25th in the nation. Yet, courts in the state sentence people to life without parole at a rate that's among

Save the Date: Forum on Justice & Opportunity

September 17, 2018 - PHENND The Forum on Justice & Opportunity connects volunteers, social change activists, and human service experts around solutions to the biggest challenges facing the region. Engage with the compounded issues of poverty and initiate real world efforts to improve policy and practice. Sat, October 20, 2018 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT Location WHYY, Inc. 150 North 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 hosted by Episcopal Community Services Read the details here!

Russell Sage Foundation Seeks Letters of Inquiry for Social Inequality Research

September 17, 2018 - PHENND Two-year grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to qualified organizations. To be eligible, organizations must be considered a monprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Review Code. The foundation encourages methodological variety, but all proposals should have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models should be specified and research questions and hypotheses should be clearly stated. Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than November 30. Upon review, select applica

Open Society Foundations Accepting Applications for Soros Justice Fellowships

September 17, 2018 - PHENND The Open Society Foundations (OSF) is accepting applications for its Soros Justice Fellowships. Through the program, grants of up to $120,000 will be awarded to outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The fellowships are part of a larger effort within OSF to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the United States by challenging the over-reliance on incarceration and extreme punishment and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice. Read about the oppor

RFP for Social Justice Arts Projects

September 17, 2018, PHENND Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artist activists and arts organizations often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy. Artists are able to reach across the borders of our imagination and in doing so often peaceably transform society’s ideas about social justice issues. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for art projects by individuals or organizations that educate and inform the public on important, timely topics facing the country (and planet) that other organizations might hesitate to fund. The foundation gives special consideration to co

Formerly incarcerated Americans face tough odds. The farm bill could make them even tougher.

September 10, 2018, Alex Busansky and Gary Maynard - The Washington Post When formerly incarcerated Americans leave prison, they face tough odds across the board. They are almost 10 times more likely than other Americans to end up homeless. Their unemployment rate, even in this booming economy, is a staggering 27 percent. And the struggle is even more difficult for people of color and women. As Susan Burton, a formerly incarcerated woman and founder of the advocacy group A New Way of Life, puts it in her autobiography, those reentering society face a “massive wall of NO” — no to employment, no to student loans and no to housing. Now add a “no” from lawmakers in Washington, who want to restri

Mike didn’t buy that cops were really trying to help people get jobs. So they helped get him one | H

September 14, 2018, Helen Ubiñas - The Philadelphia Inquirer When I met (Mike) Grant, he had just gotten off of house arrest for drug and gun charges and was applying in vain to several jobs a day. After I posted a video on Twitter about his skepticism, Jondhi Harrell, founder of the Center for Returning Citizens, wasted no time reaching out. If Grant was hesitant to trust cops, maybe he could try trusting someone who could relate, said Harrell, who had spent 20 years in federal prison himself. Upon getting out in 2009, he finally found a job refurbishing remote controls in Goodwill's Ex-Offender Re-Entry Program. That led to another, which eventually led to his nonprofit. It was at Harrell'

For women in prison, kitchen offers a new chance

September 13, 2018, Allison Steele - The Philadelphia Inquirer Next week the restaurant trades program at the State Correctional Institution at Muncy will graduate its first class of students. Though there has been a culinary academy for male inmates in state prisons since 2003, until this year women only had access to home economics courses through the state corrections system. (Women at SCI Muncy - ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ, Philly Inquirer) The new 13-week program, designed to mirror the men's, is a formalized, rigorous course where students learn weights and measurements, recipe conversions, cooking techniques, sauces, baking — even cake decorating. Each student leaves with a nationally accre

The SOAR program at Philadelphia OIC is hiring an employment specialist

The Employment Specialist is responsible for building and cultivating an employer network; evaluating labor market data to determine employer demand and usage of Philadelphia OIC services while determining improvements and ways to leverage relationships with employers to meet Philadelphia OIC’s placement metrics. The Employment Specialist will develop and implement a strategic plan for job placement services with a strong focus on previously incarcerated individuals, and will ensure achievement of weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual job placement goals for each program. The Employment Specialist will assist individuals in the Skills Opportunities Achievement Responsibility (SOAR) Re-entry

2018 Roddenberry Fellowship - applications due 9/19

The Roddenberry Fellowship is focused on defending and protecting Civil Rights; Immigration & Refugee Rights; LGBTQIA & Women’s Rights; and the Environment. The Roddenberry Fellowship will support existing initiatives as well as new projects. Roddenberry Fellowship Applications for 2018 are due September 19th by 5:00pm. Click here to apply now!

Opinion: I went from prison to professor – here’s why criminal records should not be used to keep pe

August 16, 2018, Stanley Andrisse - The Conversation Beginning next year, the Common Application – an online form that enables students to apply to the 800 or so colleges that use it – will no longer ask students about their criminal pasts. As a formerly incarcerated person who now is now an endocrinologist and professor at two world-renowned medical institutions – Johns Hopkins Medicine and Howard University College of Medicine – I believe this move is a positive one. People’s prior convictions should not be held against them in their pursuit of higher learning. While I am enthusiastic about the decision to remove the criminal history question from the Common Application, I also believe mor

Ending Crime Checkbox for College Praised by Inmate Advocates

August 10, 2018, Elena Schwartz - The Crime Report This fall, for the first time since 2006, students using the Common Application to apply to college will not need to check a box asking if they have criminal histories. Accepted by over 700 colleges and universities worldwide, the Common App is the country’s most broadly used college application. The change comes following a 10-year campaign to “Ban the Box” by a broad coalition of advocates who claim that the question creates “an undue barrier that harms certain groups of students.” Read the article here!

2019 Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

September 10, 2018 - PHENND A Blade of Grass Invites Applications for 2019 Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art A Blade of Grass provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as conduits for innovative social change. To that end, ABOG is inviting applications for its 2019 Fellowship for Engaged Art. The program supports courageous artists eager to create exchanges, experiences, and structures that highlight seemingly intractable social problems, inspire audiences, and energize folks to participate in and sustain long-term social change work. Read more about the opportunity here!

ACLU of Pennsylvania Releases Blueprint with Roadmap for Cutting Incarceration by 50 Percent

September 5, 2018, Ian Pajer-Rogers - ACLU of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA — The ACLU of Pennsylvania today released a new report that outlines how Pennsylvania can cut incarceration in half by pursuing reforms to the commonwealth’s drug sentencing laws. The report also includes recommendations to reform the laws that in recent years have led to Pennsylvania having the third-highest per capita rate in the nation of people on parole, probation, or other community supervision. The report is a part of the ACLU’s Smart Justice 50-State Blueprints project, a comprehensive, state-by-state analysis of how states can transform their criminal justice system and cut incarceration in half. “The findings o

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