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October 09th 2018:The power of re-entry with dignity for the formerly incarcerated

With 2.3 million people in its jails, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world - accounting for nearly 20% of those imprisoned globally. The communities most impacted in the US are communities of color. This episode highlights the efforts of three organizations that seek to support those re-entering society and do so in a way that reduces recidivism while ensuring dignity. We explore some of the issues, factors to keep in mind to ensure successful programming, and where there are opportunities for real change at the local level. Join co-host Thomas Rosenberg and his pa

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April Fenall

April Fenall holds a B.A. in Intercultural Communication from Sacramento State. She currently works as CEO and Founder of Piikup, but also pays it forward as a business mentor with Uptima Business Accelerator, job readiness instructor with Occur and Marketing engagement consultant April brings over 20 years of consumer facing engagement and communication experience. April is a Bay Area native from Richmond California.
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LaFreshia 'Free' Brown, M.A., LPCC, CADCII

Free is a compassionate ear, healer, & encourager. She has over 8 years experience providing mental health & substance abuse prevention, intervention, & counseling to the unhoused, teens, & adult reentry populations. She uses her education & willingness to modify standard treatment modalities to address the effects of systematic racism and foster resilience combined with motivational interviewing. She holds a B.S. Family Studies & Human Services (Kansas State Univ.), M.A. Counseling: Clinical Mental Health (Adams State Univ), Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II (CCAPP) & Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (California BBS). Her clients are Contra Costa County & Building Opportun
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George Colón

After 17 years & professional success managing customer accounts for tech companies, George became disenchanted with the industry in 2016. He looked for a career that would offer more than just a paycheck. He found his calling with the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a non-profit that provides immediate, effective & comprehensive employment services to men & women re-entering society. A Job Developer, George interfaces with the business community & CEO participants. He develops meaningful relationships with employers across a range of industries to ensure a pipeline of talent from CEO to businesses looking for good, qualified candidates. George matches the right job opportunity wi
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