Urban League of Philadelphia Launches Re-Entry Program

The Philadelphia Tribune: Ayana Jones - August 28, 2020 A new initiative aims to help formerly incarcerated individuals transition back into the community and secure employment. The Urban League of Philadelphia has launched Out4Good, a four-week comprehensive program that offers skills development, workforce readiness, job training and placement for people with criminal records. The effort comes as African Americans represent nearly 37% of those incarcerated in Pennsylvania. There are more than 170,000 individuals currently on probation and 45,000 incarcerated in state prisons, according to a Brookings report. Nearly 50% of returning citizens have no form of employment in the first year foll

Additional PowerCorpsPHL Slots Available this Fall for Returning Citizens

PowerCorps' Updated Recruitment One-Pager PowerCorpsPHL Application Details: Accepting people on a rolling basis through the end of September with the first round of applications due September 6th for the earliest start date of September 21st. Offering partners the option to set up an in-person, small group info session that they are willing to host so that candidates can meet their staff and apply on the spot. ​They've found this most effective during the pandemic as digital access issues have been preventing interested people from completing their application. Expecting this recruitment cycle to be competitive and fast moving. They welcome your support in getting candidates to complete act

PRC and Office of Criminal Justice Hosting Training on History of Racism in the Criminal Justice Sys

Join PRC for part one of a two- part training series on putting racial equity into practice in Philadelphia’s criminal justice system, facilitated by the Office of Criminal Justice. Part 1 will provide an overview of the policies, trends, and cultural narratives that created a racialized system of mass incarceration in Philadelphia and across the country. This training will give attendees the historical foundation needed to unpack structural racism in Philadelphia - and to start building new, more just systems. Part 2 will focus specifically on tackling racism in the field of reentry. It will give attendees tools to operationalize their commitment to racial equity in their day-to-day work. T

Pennsylvania Prison Society Shares Updated Information on Connecting with Loved Ones in Prison.

First, while SCIs remain closed to in-person visitors, some county jails have begun to allow no-contact visits again. They’ve heard from at least six jails that are doing this with certain restrictions to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection. They include Cumberland County Prison and Armstrong County Jail, which have remained free of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, and the jail in Bradford County, where the positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is currently less than 1%. They’re also hearing about more prisons making video visits available to incarcerated people, often at no charge. The jails in Erie, Washington, Butler, and Cumberland counties are among those offering this

Temple University Offering Free Workforce Development and Job Readiness Course This Fall

Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative connects organizations, employers and community job seekers. This system has the ability to prepare and refer participants to paid training programs. This workshops series will introduce you to resources, available training, online learning and employment opportunities. The NOW workshops prepares community job seekers with skills and information necessary to effectively meet the requirements for employment, personal growth and professional competencies. To learn more, click here.

Urban Creators Launches New Website and Resource List

This Monday, Urban Creators launched their new website, as well as a series of resource lists for individuals, families, educators, and activists. Urban Creators is a platform for radical and collaborative imagination. Since 2010 they have used food, art, and education as tools to nurture resilience and self-determination in our neighborhood. Now, they are supporting the emergence of a new generation of Urban Creators by cooperatively incubating and investing in local businesses, artists, growers, and organizers whose work will have a meaningful and lasting impact on the overall health, safety, and equity of our communities. Their Philadelphia Resource List Includes: Social Services by Zip C

"We're Out Here": Formerly Incarcerated Activists Are Bringing Their Voices to the DNC

Mic: Ray Levy-Uyeda: August 17, 2020 On Monday evening, as Americans tune in to watch the first night of the Democratic National Convention, about 2 million people likely won't be able to watch at all, because they're incarcerated. And in addition to lacking the ability to see the hopeful leaders of the country speak their intentions, many incarcerated folks won't be able to vote either. But this year, in a historic first, formerly incarcerated people will have their voices heard at the Democrats' quadrennial summer bash, as members of JustLeadershipUSA, an organization committed to cutting in half the number of incarcerated people in the U.S., will speak as part of the DNC's unofficial affi

City of Philadelphia Distributing Mail-In Ballot Guides to Service Providers - Request Now

The City of Philadelphia is distributing mail-in ballot guides and postcards to organizations and people serving communities historically underrepresented in voting; available for pick up or drop off. To request this resource, fill out this quick survey from the Office of Immigrant Affairs. In it, you'll specify how many you'd like. You will be asked to choose between two options: Option 1: The City of Philadelphia can provide you with postcards directing voters to the online version of the mail-in ballot guide. Each postcard will provide information in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and French. Option 2: The City of Philadelphia can provide you with printed versions of the mail-in ba

Advice for Curbing Violence from Those Who Have Been There, Done That

Philadelphia Inquirer: Jenice Armstrong - August 18, 2020 Much of Philadelphia’s street violence is perpetrated by young men with no regard for their own lives, much less anyone else’s. I’d be lying if I said I understood the mentality that’s driving their dangerous behavior. I don’t. But I also don’t think a lot of city officials who are in positions to try to stop it really understand what’s driving them, either. A 12-year-old and a 15-year-old were shot in separate incidents Tuesday alone. I reached out to two ex-offenders — both convicted of murder — who created a grassroots group called Gaining Respect Over Our Worst Nights to keep youngsters from making the mistakes they did. I asked G

Amazon Looking to Hire Hundreds of Warehouse Team Members in Philadelphia

Amazon is a second chance employer that hires individuals with criminal backgrounds. They do conduct criminal background checks as part of the hiring process. Results of each screening are handled on a case-by-case basis for an individualized assessment of the candidate. Amazon will take hard looks at backgrounds with convictions for violent crimes though these are not automatic disqualifiers as the case-by-case assessment applies. Please encourage job seekers to: text the word: cityphilly to 77088 to register for text message notification of open Warehouse Team Member positions this is a special code for Philadelphia residents only and was created for our unique Employer Partnership Amazon

Jermaine Womack, Founder of Auto & Parole, Highlighted as Citizen of the Week by The Philadelphi

The Philadelphia Citizen: Sophie Borgenicht - August 13, 2020 In the fall of 2019, Emily Callaghan bumped into Jermaine Womack on a street in West Philadelphia and stopped to greet Stoney, his pet Cane Corso. Callaghan, a proud and longtime owner of her own chihuahua mix, Manny, felt instantly connected to Stoney and Womack, and the neighbors promptly exchanged information. That chance meeting led to what would become a long-term partnership that is providing relief to pet owners during the coronavirus pandemic. Womack is best known as the founder of Philly’s Auto and Parole, a reentry program whose primary mission is to provide formerly incarcerated individuals and youth transitioning back

Inside Out Program Offering Three Courses for Justice Involved Individuals This Fall

Inside-Out is an international program that brings together college students and incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons to learn together. It is a chance for all participants to gain a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system through reflection, discussion, and group projects. Learn more about the three courses below. Life and Its Boundaries Exploring Issues of Social Justice Crime & Justice

Call for Applications with Juvenile Law Center's Youth Advocacy Program: Youth Ages 16-22

Juvenile Law Center is recruiting Youth Advocates for their Youth Fostering Change and Juveniles for Justice groups in the Youth Advocacy Program. Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Program creates opportunities for youth in the child welfare and justice systems to lead advocacy efforts in their communities. Youth in these groups work to affect policy change through policy advocacy, media outreach, and public education. In the Youth Advocacy Program, youth develop leadership skills, political knowledge, communication and storytelling skills, and a sense of community. They are looking for youth between the ages 16-22 who are current or former foster youth and youth with experience in the ju

Face to Face Legal Center Offering Free Expungement Service

The Face to Face Legal Center is Open! Please join us in the Face to Face parking lot from 12 to 1:30 PM for free legal services Mondays: general legal intake & expungement intake Thursdays: general legal intake & birth certificate applications Everyday by telephone: (215) 438-7939 ext. 230 Masks are required. Social distance will be kept. Free hot meals and groceries will be available to go. Questions? Contact Anna Brickman at (215) 438-7939 ext. 230

DOC Looking to Gauge Interest in Virtual Reentry Job Fair

2020 has brought some unique challenges - in the year of COVID - one of which has been the impact it has had on our ability to provide in-person Reentry Job Fairs at the State Correctional Institutions (SCIs) across the state. In order to continue to meet the needs of returning citizens, DoC is seeking other innovative ways to provide reentry and employment information to those that are preparing for return to the community. Please take a moment to participate in this brief survey to indicate your level of interest and ability to participate in and support these efforts to hold a Virtual Reentry Job Fair in 2020.

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