May 16, 2023 | By Emily Montgomery
With IT training, Jerel invests in a future for his family
After a challenging year, Jerel is thrilled with the change in his luck. "I really can't believe I'm in the position I'm in—that I'm getting paid to learn," he says. Jerel is part of a new advanced training opportunity through the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). Through this program, CEO ...
Nov 14, 2022 | By Emily Montgomery
Paying forward his opportunities, Ronnie now helps others succeed
Ronnie knows something about hard work. Growing up on a small farm in Yuba County, Calif., Ronnie and his four younger siblings helped care for the family’s chickens and other animals, including milking the cow every morning and evening. “We never went to the store to buy lunch meat,” Ronnie ...
Mar 25, 2022 | By Eric Borsuk
Jose’s RCS Story: Without the Returning Citizens Stimulus, “I would have come home to nothing”
“Growing up, I always wanted to be popular and fit in,” Jose says. “That’s basically how it all started.” Raised in South Sacramento, he insists the desire for acceptance early in life contributed to his incarceration. Eventually, Jose started hanging out with some local gang members, mostly for the parties ...
Feb 24, 2022 | By The Guardian
California gives people leaving prison just $200 to start over. After 50 years, that could change
A California lawmaker wants to increase the allowance that people released from prison receive to cover basic needs for the first time in nearly 50 years.
Jul 07, 2021 | By SiliconValley.com
Opinion: Addressing biases and barriers can help solve worker shortage
Employers across California are asking, “Where can we find workers?” The truth is that many hundreds of thousands of Californians are locked out of opportunity. And it doesn’t have to be that way. Many of our state’s most pressing economic challenges are the consequence of inaction. In this case, more ...