Employers can welcome returning citizens with new icon on Generocity job board

Do you have a returning citizen-friendly workplace? – Generocity Philly

One of the trickiest parts of rejoining the outside world after spending time in the criminal justice system is finding work. As the Generocity jobs board has grown, we’ve increasingly recognized the bit role that we can play in contributing to a solution.

Philadelphia businesses share best practices for supporting formerly incarcerated employees

4 smart practices for hiring formerly incarcerated Philadelphians – Generocity Philly

And according to a recent American Civil Liberties Union report, 75 percent of formerly incarcerated people struggle with employment a year after release. In a city with an estimated population of 1.5 million, that means at least 187,500 Philadelphians in this group could be struggling with employment.

Philadelphia Assembled exhibit concludes with discussion on art and societal transformations

PHL Assembled collaborators on empowering marginalized communities through art – Generocity Philly

On Saturday evening, with a blanket of fresh snow transforming the face of Philly, three Philadelphia Assembled collaborators and A Blade of Grass fellows Black Quantum Futurism and Reentry Think Tank discussed art and societal transformations.

New location expected to make RISE more accessible

Philly’s reentry office just moved back to Center City – Generocity Philly

Philly’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE) ED Ceciley Bradford-Jones has been talking about moving the agency’s office to Center City since the beginning of 2017. Because for the workforce development office tasked with helping returning citizens get back to their lives, she said at the time, its services needed to be part of the centralized services system that includes City Hall, probation, parole, etc.

Music program inside Graterford needs funding; raises reform questions

Americans want fewer prisoners. What’s art have to do with it? – Generocity Philly

A unique year-old pilot music program inside Pennsylvania’s largest prison needs funding to keep going. Its early success and relationship with the state offers a look inside our appetite for – and the limits of – a new kind of criminal justice reform.

Sold out event: Discussing challenges and benefits of hiring previously incarcerated people

Small biz owners: Check out this how-to on hiring returning citizens – Generocity Philly

Even if you agree hiring folks with criminal records is a good idea in theory, it can be hard to understand the real-world challenges and benefits. Join The Reentry Project to hear from business leaders who have done it this Thursday.