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Project ReNu

Project ReNu is a civic restoration and workforce development initiative that helps

Panelists at the Brooklyn Civic Restoration Forum (Sep 2012)

Panelists from left to right – Dr. Vanda Seward, Statewide Director of for Reentry Services at DOCCS; Glenn Martin, VP of Development & Public Affairs at Fortune Society; Latrice Walker, Community Development Policy Analyst at Congresswoman Yvette Clarke’s office; Eddie Ellis, President of CNUS (Brooklyn Civic Restoration Forum, Sep 2012)

remove barriers to employment for people with criminal convictions, address civil punishments and build citizenship engagement and facilitate greater civic participation and workforce development through:

1) Acquisition of Record of Arrest and Prosecution (RAP Sheets), review and/or repair of the RAP Sheets for the purpose of obtaining Certificates of Rehabilitation, which are state-issued post conviction documents that legally remove certain civil statutory barriers to employment, housing, higher education, voting rights and other benefits;

2) Coaching on personal narrative development, interviewing and advocacy techniques on how to effectively leverage and apply Certificates of Rehabilitation for employment, college admission and voting rights;

Brooklyn Civic Restoration Forum was attended by over 175 people (@ Dweck Center, Brooklyn Public Library)

Brooklyn Civic Restoration Forum was attended by over 175 people (@ Dweck Center, Brooklyn Public Library)

3) Public education forums with community and system stakeholders on the social and economic barriers facing people with criminal convictions; policy and process suggestions for improving the impact of the Certificates of Rehabilitation in and NYS; and resources available for legal service assistance to advocacy and related services.

4) Networking circles and social events for participants to connect with peers, prospective employers, social service providers and community leaders; and

5) Data collection, project performance and outcome evaluations to

Clinton Lacey, Deputy Commissioner of Dept of Probation, Karen Armstrong, Assistant Commissioner of Dept of Probation, Dr. Divine Pryor of CNUS, City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo (BK Civic Restoration Forum Sep 2012)

Clinton Lacey, Deputy Commissioner of Dept of Probation – Adult, Karen Armstrong, Assistant Commissioner of Dept of Probation – Brooklyn, Dr. Divine Pryor of CNUS, City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo
(BK Civic Restoration Forum Sep 2012)

establish evidence based documentation that can be used to promote and support amending regulations and legislation that mitigate against civic restoration and successful integration into labor, education, health and housing markets for people with convictions.

** We are seeking funding support to expand our civic restoration services, namely for more civic restoration forums and legal clinics as well as record repair counselors trainings!  Please click here to donate and support!

 

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