Update from Hank Perret, Fair Chance Employment Champion

“My first couple of months as the Roundtable’s Fair Chance Employment Champion have been spent familiarizing myself with the work before me: reading, researching, and attending RAP and Planning Council meetings.

I have had exciting discussions with Goodwill, Workforce Solutions, ACC, American Youthworks, ME3LJ, Lee College, ARMA, the City of Austin, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, and the Travis County Commissioners Court. The real work is soon to begin  meetings with employers, employer associations, and Chambers of Commerce.

This month, I will begin working on building a video library of reentry-focused testimonials from individuals with lived experience in the criminal justice system. These videos will be an important tool when talking to employers and will hopefully be useful across the Roundtable’s work. Video tapings will be held on June 14th and 15th. To learn more about the video project, please austinreentryroundtable@gmail.com.”

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