In a recent IndyStar op-ed, it’s explained that the cycle of poverty and incarceration are linked, and the best way to break that cycle is to prepare people to secure jobs and other opportunities upon release from incarceration.
However, employment is one of the greatest barriers to the success of formerly-incarcerated individuals. We believe that entrepreneurship is an equal opportunity employer and alternative solution to finding sustainable employment for these individuals. That’s why we launched the ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi) in 2016, a program that provides technical business ownership training and education to incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated individuals. Since the start of the REDi program, we’ve provided over 5,000 hours of training to 275 students.
REDi helps program participants overcome economic and social barriers associated with incarceration and re-entry. Want to know why this is important? Hear it from the words of our students:
Enroll in the REDi program for free today at www.indychamber.com/REDi.