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118 YEARS IN PRISON-THREE JUVENILE LIFERS CELEBRATE

Westville, NJ October 11, 2017-Imagine being ripped away from your family at 16 years old and returning 40 years later to a world you do not recognize.  Paulette is 56 years old and at the age of 16, she was sentenced to life in prison.  Today, Paulette is a student who sits in the front row, determined to graduate the Uplift Workforce reentry program.  Paulette is one of three juvenile lifers in the Workforce Solutions reentry training program. The three of them have a total of 118 years combine and are getting a new chance at starting their lives.

Workforce Solutions is designed to create second-chance employment opportunities for re-entering citizens in and around Philadelphia. On Monday, October 16, 2017, a total of 25 formally incarcerated men and women will graduate a six-week training program and are guaranteed a job at one of the Philadelphia area Brown’s Supermarkets. Join us for a Celebration Graduation on Monday, October 16, 2017, at 2 pm in the Family Life Center at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church 2800 W Cheltenham Ave, Philadelphia, PA.

Uplift taught me something about myself. It has created a sense of pride. This is beyond a job. I have pride for something positive.”-Paulette Carrington 

Annually, over 36,000 people pass through Philadelphia city jails, 18,000 people are released from prison in Pennsylvania and over 300,000 people living in Philly have criminal records. Current laws and perceptions have created barriers for these individuals to achieve permanent long-term employment. Due to a lack of opportunity, many of these individuals decide their only option for survival is to re-engage in past behavior.  This cycle has led to an 80 percent recidivism rate and long-term structural poverty.

Philadelphia is home to the nation’s largest population of juvenile lifers. In 2012, the Supreme Court banned automatic life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.

The Uplift Workforce Solutions program is based on rebuilding people and teaching life skills that will benefit them in and out of the workplace.  The hard and soft skills are taught in a classroom environment and each participant that successfully completes the six-week classroom portion of the program will be offered a position at one of Uplift’s partners.

Uplift, to strengthen, heal & inspire; is a national consultancy that supports food businesses, governments, nonprofits, healthcare systems and more to create access to food, access to healthcare, access to capital and access to jobs in underserved communities.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Audrey Fish at 856.471.2008 or email at Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org.

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