City of Philadelphia Hiring Racial Equity Manager

Agency Description Mayor Kenney created the City’s first Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, (“CDIEO”), and created the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). A primary duty of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to make recommendations over the long term that work to build a more inclusive City workforce related to race, ethnicity, disability status, gender, and sexual orientation. As Philadelphia’s neighborhoods continue to grow and evolve, this office will reinforce the Mayor’s commitment to ensuring that the services provided and dollars expended by local government are a strong and vibrant model of fairness among the diverse groups that make up the nei

City of Philadelphia Hiring Director of Neighborhood Resource Centers

Agency Description Neighborhood Resource Centers: Philadelphia is launching a citywide network of Neighborhood Resource Centers (NRCs), replicating a successful national model that seeks to reduce recidivism and incarceration rates while also providing services to justice-involved Philadelphians, their families and loved ones, and community members. NRCs aim to reduce probation/parole violations by removing barriers and meeting people where they are and delivering critical programs in welcoming community-centered spaces. NRCs are neighborhood-based one-stop shops that will unite community supervision, access to citywide resources and community-based providers to provide a broad range of serv

Like Being ‘An Enslaved Person’: Why A Group of Formerly Incarcerated People Are Suing Pennsylvania

Samantha Melamed - February 27, 2020 Sentenced to prison as a teenager, Abd’allah Lateef lost his right to vote for the 31 years he spent in a state prison in rural Greene County, more than 300 miles from home. But he was counted in the U.S. census as a resident of that county — and remains so today, almost three years after returning home to North Philadelphia. “As a formerly incarcerated person, coming into that knowledge and the understanding of that, to me in many ways was reminiscent of the thought of what it was like to be an enslaved person,” said Lateef, who registered to vote a week after being released from a life sentence for participating in a robbery in which an older accomplice

Webinar: Moving Beyond Barriers and Stigma and Hiring Returning Citizens

Philly SHRM Webinar There is a disconnect between regional job vacancies and skilled labor who can fill those jobs. (otherwise known as the skill gap). Many companies have begun tapping into new populations of talents including returning citizens (formerly incarcerated). This webinar will highlight national and local employers and business leaders that have committed to hire workers with criminal backgrounds. Claudia De Palma, an employment attorney who works with job seekers that have criminal records, and Adina Tayar, a Business Services Representative with PA CareerLink Philadelphia’s System Wide Services through its provider EDSI, will walk human resources professionals and business own

Institute for Community Justice Beginning a Family Reunification Program

The Institute for Community Justice is beginning a Family Reunification program. This program will consist of free weekly family mediation sessions that last five weeks for people in re-entry and their chosen family (can be any important person that has been supportive or whom a participant wishes to communicate with better). The goal is to provide a safe space for families to work through stressors related to incarceration. We would like you to send anyone our way who would like to participate. They will focus on using family therapy techniques to build two-way empathy and understanding of the challenges faced both by the person in re-entry and by that person’s family as a result of inc

Become a Certified Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor with TYP

Transformation Yoga Project is excited to announce the dates for our next 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at State Correctional Institute - Chester, located in Chester, PA. This is a unique opportunity to learn alongside people who are currently incarcerated within Pennsylvania State Correctional Institutes. If you, or someone you know, is committed and justice-oriented then we'd love to invite you to deepen your connection to self, create community and learn about liberatory practices in this comprehensive training. They will meet several times every week at State Correctional Institute - Chester from April 6th until June 27th following this schedule: Mondays from 8:00 am - 10:15 am Wedne

Apply for Philadelphia Manufacturing Boot Camp

Applications are open for the next manufacturing boot camp sponsored by the Southeastern PA Manufacturing Alliance and held at PA CareerLink® Philadelphia Suburban Station. The 7-week program meets from 7:30am-11:30am M-F from April 6-May 22. An application process is necessary. Individuals can apply online or in-person. Applications Accepted Until April 6, 2020 Program Details 6-week training boot camp, 4 hours per day, Monday – Friday. Mock interviews, resume and cover letters, OSHA 10 Safety Certification Access to supportive services and intensive career coaching Career opportunities with manufacturing employers upon boot camp completion Eligibility Possess a High School Diploma or GED S

Federal Commission Highlights Harms and Civil Rights Violations for Women in Prison

Samantha Melamed - February 26, 2020 When Naomi Blount was sentenced to the State Correctional Institution Muncy in 1982, there were maybe 300 or 400 women there, and she had a cell to herself. “Then as the years passed by and the population stated growing, that’s when they started doubling us up — and then quadrupling us up," said Blount, a former lifer who received commutation after 37 years and now works for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. What she witnessed firsthand was a 600% increase in the female prison population in Pennsylvania — a trend mirrored in many other parts of the country. A report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released Wednesday found that prisons around the

Inquirer: The 2020 Census is a Chance for Black Philadelphians to Reclaim Power

Alyn E Waller and Andrea E. Custis Six months before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in South Philadelphia. He advised, “Don’t allow anybody to make you feel like you are nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.” Under the spotlight of Black History Month, the upcoming election, and the recent conclusion of film and music awards season, a national discourse on black visibility and representation has resurfaced. In just a few weeks, households across the city will begin receiving invitations in the mail to participate in the census, a n

CLS: Many People Can Still Safely Receive Public Benefits In Spite of New Public Charge

The US Supreme Court ruled to allow implementation of the Department of Homeland Security’s new public charge rule. Starting February 24, 2020, the new public charge rule will be used to make public charge determinations in the U.S. But many immigrants can still receive public benefits without risk to their immigration status. If Public Charge Does Not Apply to You, You Can Receive Any Public Benefits You Qualify for Without Any Risk to Your Immigrant Status U.S. Citizens: If you are a U.S. Citizen, public charge does not apply to you. Green Card Holders: If you already have your green card, public charge does not apply when you are renewing your green card or when you apply for U.S. citize

41 Must-Attend Social Impact Events in Philly This Year

At the top of the month, Generocity asked the leadership of the nonprofit sector to share their upcoming symposiums, conferences, fundraisers and trademark events with us. They received more than 40 submissions and compiled the submissions into an easy-to-navigate roundup of the year’s impactful initiatives that you should consider attending. Among these is Philadelphia Reentry Coalition's Reentry Month Awards Celebration, set to take place during the first week of the month of June. Stay tuned for more details about the celebration moving forward! Is your organization’s mission aligned with an event’s programming? Consider reaching out to collaborate or sponsor. Could your employees or coll

ICJ Reentry Partners Meeting Lunch & Learn

The Institute for Community Justice (ICJ) would like to invite you to our Re-entry Partners Meeting Lunch & Learn. This meeting is designed for current and potential partner organizations to learn about our 2020 re-entry center programming and how ICJ can support each other’s missions. They're very excited about what 2020 has in store, and look forward to working with you to strengthen the re-entry opportunities in Philadelphia! ICJ's key programming for the year includes but is not limited to: MANN-UP Peer Mentoring / Peer Support Program Family Reunification (new family mediation pilot program) Parenting (DHS certified) Anger Management (fulfills court mandates) ICJ's goal is to provide op

Alliance of Families for Justice Offering Free Healing Retreat for Formerly Incarcerated People

This summer, AFJ is thrilled to offer a free healing retreat for formerly incarcerated people in conjunction with the Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks. Space is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please fill out this application. The Blue Mountain Center is a sprawling estate located in the heart of the Adirondacks, on the largest state park in the continental U.S. It is a place where writers, artists and activists gather to reflect, relax, and re-energize. AFJ envisions that the participants in this retreat will be people who have been incarcerated; some of whom recently came home and others who have been home for awhile. The retreat facilitators understand the journey p

‘What Has the Most Significant Impact on Leadership of Color?’ 16 Philly-Area Leaders Answer The Que

Sabrina Vourvoulias - February 11, 2020 This month, Generocity is focusing attention on leaders of color. In one recent article, they asked some leaders from across the nonprofit, social impact and civic sectors: what has the most significant impact on leadership of color? Below are the first few responses (they organized the article alphabetically). To read all sixteen, click here. Vanessa B. Briggs, President and CEO at Brandywine Health Foundation When you take your first steps into leadership you carry with you the clear and unequivocal understanding that no matter how much education you’ve attained or how much you’ve accomplished in your chosen field, you will always have to work twice

Join CSG Justice Center for Webinar on Improving Access to Education for People in the Criminal Just

Laying the Groundwork: How States Can Improve Access to Continued Education for People in the Criminal Justice System Tuesday, February 25th at 3:00 p.m. ET Continued education is proven to have a notable impact on reducing recidivism. Yet, a new report by the CSG Justice Center finds that the vast majority of states have major barriers to postsecondary education opportunities for people during incarceration and upon release. Laying the Groundwork: How States Can Improve Access to Continued Education for People in the Criminal Justice System provides a state-by-state analysis of postsecondary education policy and practices. The report identifies four fundamental “building blocks” that state

February 2020: Celebrate Black History Today and Everyday

Black History is American History There is no America without the contributions from Black Americans. While we recognize that one month cannot capture the many achievements of Black people in America, we celebrate February as inspiration to fuel progress and recognize how far we’ve come. Black history should be included every day of the year and we should continue to honor those that paved the way for us in order to empower us and our children as we continue to chart our way forward. In 1912 Carter G. Woodson created the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) and in 1924 they started Negro Achievement Week. It was a week to promote the achievements of Black America

Institute for Community Justice Looking for Families to Participate in Reunification Program

The Institute for Community Justice is beginning a pilot program for Family Reunification, and they are looking for families who would like to participate. This program will provide a safe space for families to work through stressors related to incarceration. It will consist of free weekly family mediation sessions that last five weeks for people in re-entry and their chosen family. "Family" is any any important person that has been supportive or whom a participant wishes to communicate with better. Multiple family members are encouraged to participate in this program as well. They will focus on using family therapy techniques to build two-way empathy and understanding of the challenges face

Graffiti-Removal Company Hires Only Homeless or Formerly Incarcerated Workers

Terri Akman - February 11, 2020 Todd Kelley has always had a thing for keeping his neighborhood clean. As a child, he helped his dad, George, clean up graffiti near their Wynnewood home. They did the same when they moved to Society Hill — George in 2006, and Todd in 2011. It felt like their civic duty to paint over graffiti and scrape stickers off of signs, trash bins, and other community property. “I’ve always had an appreciation for cleaning up blight,” said Kelley, 46. “I developed a passion for it.” In 2012, Kelley, a U.S. Army veteran, was working as a housepainter and waiting to hear whether his application for a job as an Army general’s aide would be accepted. But the employment proce

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