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Entrepreneurship Provides New Hope for Former Prisoners in a bid to expand economic opportunity for women leaving prison. coque huawei January 19, 2017 In 2015, shefounded her Brooklyn social enterprise, Just Soul Catering, which cooks Southern specialties like collard greens, mac n’ cheese and fried chicken and delivers them to events around New tatouage bracelet homme polynesien signification York City. Not only has the business become the bedrock trouver taille bague homme on which Richardson is creating economic opportunity for herself, she is also hiring other formerly incarcerated women to staff her events. “We cook our food with a lot of love, and we serve the community,” says Richardson, a domestic violence survivor who was released from prison in 2010, after serving 20 years for killing her abusive boyfriend. goed hoesje She is building Just Soul Catering with Chandeerah Davis, an bague homme motif lion activist and the daughter of a man who is currently serving a 35 year sentence. Healing has been at the heart of the enterprise since the women started dreaming it up, Richardson says. coque samsung “We talked about the recipes of our grandparents and how food brought everyone together on their worst day.” Just Soul Catering is a part time venture for now anyway. Richardson and Davis both work full time at the New York City nonprofit STEPS to End Family Violence, and Richardson is the founder of Reentry Rocks, her own nonprofit for formerly incarcerated women bracelet homme cordon marin with histories of domestic violence bague homme or blanc onyx and trauma. But Richardson has a vision: She wants to link Just Soul to Reentry Rocks, launcha culinary school to train Just Soul pierre bracelet homme employees, adda food truck and open a bague homme argent qui tourne cafe inThe Women Building, which is being createdina former jail. coque huawei “I see myself today as a motivational speaker, a teacher and inspired leader, as a mentor, a mom, tungstene bague homme a grandmother and as a women who’s empowered,” she says. coque iphone Richardson has remade her life and is now giving out second chances. “My story is a gift to give people.” Richardson’s rebirth as the CEO of Just Soul Catering began with training and mentoring from Defy Ventures, a New York nonprofit that runs an entrepreneurship program for currently and bracelet homme automobile formerly incarcerated men and women. In June 2016, she won $10,000 in Defy’s “Shark Tank” style Capital Call Competition. Defy is just one of a growing number of organizations taille 63 bague homme around the country that are helping formerly incarcerated women and men pursue business ownership in an effort to expand economic opportunity for a group that struggles to secure jobs. Small Business Administration (SBA). Kellogg Foundation, a 3 year, $2.1 million pilot program to educate and facilitate business bague homme tours ownership for formerly incarcerated parents in four bague homme png cities. And just last month, the SBA announced a related program to support other entrepreneurship initiatives for the formerly incarcerated: the Aspire Challenge, which will disburse $1.2 million in grants to organizations. An Economic Imperative This effort is vital, advocates say, in the age of mass incarceration. coque iphone coque iphone According to a survey conducted for Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a staggering 67 percent of former inmates are either unemployed or underemployed 5 years after their release, a sobering statistic given that employment is strongly associated with reduced recidivism. A participant in Building Entrepreneurs For Success in Tennessee makes her pitch. coque huawei Though women are only 7 percent of the state and federal prison population, their number has jumped fourteen fold since 1970 from 8,000 to 110,000 compared to a four fold increase for men, according to the Vera Project. This makes helping formerly incarcerated women find economic opportunity a growing imperative. Proponents of entrepreneurship programs say former inmates have a lot in common with successful entrepreneurs they hustle, think outside of the box and are determined and resilient. Indeed, some have run thriving criminal enterprises. coque iphone “That creative hustle, when applied appropriately, is what makes a person successful in any realm. If we can apply that in a legitimate way, that is positive and productive,” says Tameka Montgomery, associate administrator for the SBA Office of Entrepreneurial Development. coque iphone “The goal bague homme acier grande taille is to make [entrepreneurship] more accessible.” Of course, the formerly incarcerated face an array of daunting challenges in starting legitimate businesses, starting with criminal records and including low levels of education, underdeveloped business “soft skills,” often crippled self confidence and little if any personal savings to start or grow companies. coque iphone For women, a return to full time caretaker roles of children can be both an additional challenge and extra motivation to make a success of an entrepreneurship opportunity, says Karen Vander Molen, co founder of Building Entrepreneurs For Success in Tennessee (BEST), whose 2015 and 2016 entrepreneur cohorts have been all women. Women bague homme venizi also tend to be more bague hommewilling to take bracelet homme cuir et turquoise on the painful personal work of overcoming their pasts, which are often scarred by sexual abuse, violence and drug addiction, she bague homme argent avec diamant says, and remake their lives. Program directors like Vander Molen say the many challenges mean that to be successful entrepreneurship bague homme catholique initiatives must be intensive, high touch efforts that address the array of problems the formerly incarcerated face. The grandfather of these initiatives is the 13 year old chevalière bague homme Prison Entrepreneurship Program in Texas, which only works only with men and was founded by Catherine Hoke, who also founded Defy Ventures. It is perhaps the most intense program of them all and it has an impressive success record to show for it. PEP has a highly selective application process and begins working with participants well before their release from prison. It also facilitates post release transitional housing and employment, bague homme penis so participants can create a steady foundation before they ever start businesses. By the end of 2015, PEP graduates had started more than 200 companies, half of which have at least one other employee and six that generate more than $1 million in annual revenue. It has helped some of these businesses secure funding, including loans via the socially minded Kiva and PeopleFund. Graduates have an exceptionally low recidivism rate of less than 7 percent 3 years after release, compared to a national average of nearly 50 percent. coque samsung “Starting any business is hard,” says PEP’s CEO, Bert Smith. coque samsung coque samsung Add to that the challenges of returning from bague homme or 18 carat prison, and “that takes it up a notch, wow.” Teaching the men what it takes to run businesses also makes them more employable, he says. “We don’t aggressively push our guys to start a business as fast as they can. What we’re interested in is their long term success.” Restoring Dignity, Healing Rifts BEST, which is just over 2 years old, is looking to replicate PEP’s results with Tennessee women, and uses PEP as a model. It runs a 6 month program that begins with an educational effort inside prison that includes guest speakers, the Toastmasters public speaking program and even Stephen R. coque samsung Covey “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Participants have worked on business plans for a beauty salon, gift basket service, designer clothes thrift store and event planning company showroomprive bague homme as well as food trucks and cleaning services, Vander Molen says. Only five women have left prison so far. coque samsung None have launched businesses yet, but all have found jobs within a month. Helping the formerly incarcerated get back on their feet and pursue business ownership brings many benefits. “They’re a citizen again. coque iphone Let’s get real. We either allow them to restore the dignity in their lives, or we continue to beat them down,” Vander Molen says. Helping them to earn decent, honest livings and be contributions in the world, “it’s bracelet homme bonobo a win win for them and society as a whole.” June Lee found that kind of restoration through a Northern California program called Project ReMADE that’s run out of the Stanford bague homme fer Law School.

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