From Cellblock C to CEO…This version of the American dream can’t really be possible?
You would have good reason to think not. After all, a prison record significantly hurts a person’s prospects for future employment. A felony conviction is particularly stigmatizing for black men.
But this isn’t just a dream; it’s a reality for many people. The Center for Employment Opportunities — aka CEO — provides employment services to those typically seen as unemployable because they have recent criminal records.
This organization — which has various sites across New York as well as in California and Oklahoma — matches former inmates with opportunities that lead them on a path to success rather than the all-too-likely alternative: persistent joblessless leading to recidivism.
The proof is in the pudding. CEO has a track record of enabling such people to move into paid transitional jobs that lead to full-time opportunities. In fact, over its history these transitional placements have led to over 14,000 full-time jobs! The success of this nonprofit has garnered much-deserved attention right up to The White House.
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