In 2020, Televerde Foundation was launched to deliver a robust workforce development program that focuses on personal wellness, workplace readiness, employment strategies, financial literacy, lifelong learning and mentoring. We call this the PATHS Program: Prepare Achieve and Transform for Healthy Success.
Joblessness is the #1 predictor of recidivism. That’s why our programs focus on preparing women to enter the global workforce and include personal wellness, workplace readiness, employment strategies, financial literacy, lifelong learning and mentoring.
More than 81,000 women are released from prison each year, all of whom deserve an opportunity to find and fulfill their full potential. Women are the fastest growing segment of the prison population, yet have access to fewer services than incarcerated men. They also face unique challenges after release. Women tend to be the primary breadwinner and caregiver and urgently need stable, good-paying employment. The road to economic stability is more complicated than just skills training. It requires self-confidence, resilience, and the community support necessary to overcome obstacles.
The year 2022 is being called “the great reckoning for corporate purpose.” Consumers are demanding that companies be sincere in their desire to help solve the world’s most pressing issues and embed their social commitments into every aspect of their business. We must “walk the talk” and a big piece of corporate social purpose is to help expand economic opportunity to talent pools that have been traditionally overlooked or discarded because of their background or circumstance.
“Televerde Foundation’s PATHS program was much more than a ‘release’ class. PATHS created a strong network of people who I can reach out to, no matter the need or challenge and without question. Prior to release, we focused on practical skills such as budgeting, reconnecting with family, job searching, resumes, interview skills, and emotional intelligence, all of which has been key for me to successfully transition back into society.”
“A decade ago, a
series of events happened in my life that sent me into a spiral, relapsing on
drugs after over 8 years clean and sober. Televerde Foundation told me I was special,
and they believed in me. No one had ever said that to me before. The skills and
programs provided by the foundation prepared me for a career when I was
released. Today, I am a successful Business Development Representative and have
an amazing support system that I never thought possible.”