Our goal is to assist formerly incarcerated individuals achieve successful reintegration into society by pursuing degrees, certifications, internships and job placement in the STEM fields. We will work as the intermediary between these individuals and programs which promote Stem fields. Our operations will necessarily involve helping formerly incarcerated individuals, who already started pursuing a career in the STEM fields during imprisonment, to continue their education and gain entry into programs and obtain scholarships. Furthermore, we will offer job placement and internships by maintaining connections with the labor market. This will enable us to steer away from jobs that have criminal history restrictions. Although we currently operate on the campus of CUNY Hostos and already help young men and women who need pre-college courses to get up to speed and obtain excellence in education, this proposed program is not limited to CUNY HOSTOS even though the HOSTOS campus would contin...
Our goal is to assist formerly incarcerated individuals achieve successful reintegration into society by pursuing degrees, certifications, internships and job placement in the STEM fields. We will work as the intermediary between these individuals and programs which promote Stem fields. Our operations will necessarily involve helping formerly incarcerated individuals, who already started pursuing a career in the STEM fields during imprisonment, to continue their education and gain entry into programs and obtain scholarships. Furthermore, we will offer job placement and internships by maintaining connections with the labor market. This will enable us to steer away from jobs that have criminal history restrictions. Although we currently operate on the campus of CUNY Hostos and already help young men and women who need pre-college courses to get up to speed and obtain excellence in education, this proposed program is not limited to CUNY HOSTOS even though the HOSTOS campus would continue to be our base of operations.
Hostos is aptly situated in the South Bronx where many of formerly incarcerated individuals are released. These individuals are expected to be productive bread winning participants of society in spite of the stigma they carry because of their felony conviction. Arguably, before their incarceration, some of these individuals attended inner-city public schools in highly impoverished neighborhoods where they received as little as a fifth grade education. These factors are compounded by the limited and outdated professional or vocational skills these individuals receive while incarcerated. Indeed, a vicious cycle of incarceration is perpetrated by returning these individuals back to already taxed neighborhoods—and by extension to society as a whole. However, research shows that education breaks the cycle. The recidivism rate dropped from forty percent to four percent for the low number of formerly incarcerated individuals who were lucky enough to receive quality education while incarcerated. Education is a must and will not only build a safer world but a more lucrative economy. The STEM fields have more opportunities than any other fields in particular engineering and IT is on the top of the most needed job opportunities in 2018.
It is important to invest in the future of this particular population: Not only will we have safer neighborhoods with less criminal activity, but it will also save tax-payers the money need to warehouse the incarcerated.
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