WILMINGTON, DE — The Second Chance Employment Collaborative is an initiative launched with anchor funding from JPMorgan Chase that connects justice-involved citizens with stable career pathways in high-growth sectors such as banking, IT, and healthcare. The collaborative announced the first in a series of Employment and Expungement Expos aimed at providing justice involved citizens with much needed resources and opportunities.
The event will be held October 16th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m at the HOPE Commission, 38 Vandever Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19802.
“We are here to meet the needs of our members, their families and the community. We cannot achieve safer neighborhoods without expanding housing, employment and opportunity. That is the only way we can #SpreadHOPE.” -Darius Brown, Executive Director, HOPE Commission
“Delawareans with criminal records who’ve paid their debt to society, still experience consequences for being justice involved. That rap sheet continuously creates barriers” said Renata B. Kowalczyk, CEO of Wilmington Alliance. “They are needlessly shut out from accessing sustainable employment to support themselves and their families. Meanwhile, many employers in our state are growing rapidly and in need of qualified talent. Hosting events such as this one is the first step in eliminating those barriers.”
The expo will feature workforce partners from throughout Wilmington who will be available to provide career development, job training, and job placement resources. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Delaware Volunteer Legal Services to learn more about, and potentially begin, their journey to a second chance through expungements, pardons, and FDIC waivers.
“When we think of creating equitable opportunities, far too often returning citizens are being forgotten. Here at NERDiT NOW we have had the opportunity to help not only give opportunities but to provide for their family and their community. And this is thanks to Wilmington Alliance for establishing a network of partners who define their success on true impact for our community! I look forward to watching this network grow for the State of Delaware.” – Markevis Gideon, CEO NERDiT NOW
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