Apr 29, 2023 | By New York Times
The Unemployment Gap Between Black and White New Yorkers Is Widening
The gulf between Black and white unemployment rates in New York City is now the widest it has been this century, exceeding even the largest gap during the Great Recession, according to a new report.
Apr 27, 2023 | By NYN Media
Opinion: Background checks and blanket hiring exclusions don’t reduce risk – they limit opportunities
Hiring restrictions, including background checks, prevent qualified job applicants from securing employment. For a work-obsessed nation in the midst of a labor shortage, we still go to great lengths to prevent people with past criminal convictions who want to work from accessing a job.
Mar 15, 2023 | By AMNY
Activists vow to protect bail reform and close Rikers Island at Manhattan rally
On the last day of Black History Month, around 40 protestors gathered outside Governor Kathy Hochul’s Manhattan office, demanding the governor lay off her proposed bail reform rollback. Simultaneously, they also called for the permanent closure of Rikers Island.
Feb 27, 2023 | By The Tennessean
Inclusive hiring: New LinkedIn partnership helps job seekers with criminal backgrounds
Genevieve Rimer's journey from incarceration to becoming a college-educated social worker illustrates that there is life after prison. And thanks to a new digital educational program that she’s leading at LinkedIn, Rimer hopes to prepare thousands of Americans with felony convictions for employment, a major step toward new opportunities and ...
Jan 18, 2023 | By Metro Atlanta CEO
Truist Foundation Awards Center for Employment Opportunities $1M
Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive employment services to people returning from jail or prison, has received a $1 million grant from Truist Foundation.
Jan 11, 2023 | By Fund For Shared Insight
Researchers Partner with CEO’s Participant Advisory Council to Learn How to Improve Feedback
The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides employment services and other supports to individuals who have recently returned home from incarceration. CEO believes that organizations that listen to their participants and incorporate their voices into program decisions are better able to provide accessible and effective services.
Dec 22, 2022 | By AXIOS
Nonprofits fill void in training people of color
Nonprofits are working to prepare young people of color, those formerly incarcerated and tribal college students for career growth, especially in fields where they remain underrepresented.
Oct 03, 2022 | By City and State NY
City & State 2022 Nonprofit Power 100
Nonprofit organizations play an invaluable and yet overlooked role in New York. These organizations, with rare exceptions, are led by idealistic executives who toil day after day to make New York a better place.
Aug 03, 2022 | By NYN Media
Preventing reimprisonment of formerly incarcerated individuals starts with higher-paying jobs
The city should work with unions and re-entry providers to create work opportunities that facilitate and track long-term success.
Jul 07, 2022 | By The New York TImes
New York Times: For People Just Leaving Prison, a Novel Kind of Support: Cash
Joining a raft of initiatives aimed at helping the formerly incarcerated, a program gives money to defray expenses they face, including court fines and rent.
Feb 23, 2022 | By Roland Martin Unfiltered
How the Returning Citizen Stimulus and CEO Help the Formerly Incarcerated
CEO's Director of Social Enterprise Derick Bowers appeared on Roland Martin Unfiltered to discuss the Returning Citizen Stimulus and CEO's program model. (Clip begins at 1:21:43)
Jul 08, 2021 | By Yamirca Vazquez on Gotham Gazette
Opinion: Key Fixes for New York’s Broken Parole System Await the Governor’s Signature
It wasn’t the eight months of military-style, intense shock incarceration that finally broke me; it was my parole officer. After my incarceration at Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility for non-violent offenders in Brocton, New York, I quickly realized I was living in constant fear of reincarceration. My parole officer had ...
Jun 21, 2021 | By Bloomberg
To Boost Hiring, New York Makes Case for a ‘Clean Slate’
For many Americans, criminal records stand as stubborn barriers to employment and housing. Several states are now advancing efforts to automatically seal and expunge those records.
Apr 29, 2021 | By Crains New York Business
Google Partners with Nonprofits on Skills Training for Formerly Incarcerated People
Google will join New York-based groups The Ladies of Hope Ministries, Center for Employment Opportunities, Defy Ventures and The Fortune Society to help improve job prospects for people with criminal records, a group that's unemployed at 5x the national average.
Feb 18, 2020 | By WBAI
The Positive Mind Radio Show Interview on Mental Health
The Positive Mind Show on 99.5FM in New York City spoke with Christopher Watler, CEO’s Chief External Affairs Officer and Alexandra Poolt, CEO’s Manager of Supportive Services regarding the organization's mental health initiatives.