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Jan 26, 2024   |  By Voting Access For All

An Inspiring Journey of Advocacy and Recovery

In the journey of recovery, one of the most powerful tenets is the idea of reaching back to help those who are still struggling, forging bonds of unity and selflessness within a community. Terissa M., a member of Voting Access For All Coalition, personifies this philosophy through her remarkable journey.

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Jan 12, 2024   |  By Ryan M. Moser

An Advocacy Fellowship Leads To a Bright Future

One of the main tenets of a recovery program is to reach back and help the person struggling behind you, creating a sense of unity and selflessness that builds a community. After Terissa M. nearly lost her life in a car accident two years ago and suffered a tragic personal ...

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Sep 25, 2023   |  By Emily Montegomery

Reading His Way Into Success: Joseph’s CEO Leadership Program Journey

Joseph is a big reader, completing dozens of books a year. He shares that his two favorites are The Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Rouk, historical novels that tell a sweeping story of World War II, but he says he’ll read almost anything. This dedication to ...

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Aug 23, 2023   |  By Emily Montgomery

Turning Passion into Action: How an Advocacy Program Lit Azariah’s Flame

This spring, Azariah performed a prestigious rite of passage: he spoke at the graduation ceremony for a program he’d been a part of called the Advocacy Leadership Committee (ALC). What makes it even more special is that he’d just recently been released from incarceration. “Here I am less than four ...

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Jun 21, 2023   |  By Comstock's Magazine

Graduating Into a New Life

State prison yards may not look much like college quads. But some activists and educators want to bring a piece of the collegiate experience to incarcerated people in California, allowing them to earn degrees and job training behind prison walls — and potentially reducing their likelihood of returning to prison ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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Jul 07, 2021   |  By

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 ...

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