In June, Google announced an initiative to help people impacted by incarceration gain digital skills through strategic partnerships and programming
LOCATION — Today, The Uncuffed Project announced it’s working with Google to provide digital skills programs to advance economic opportunity for people impacted by incarceration. In June, Google shared its investing $4 million toward a new fund that aims to expand its justice reform work. Over 500 nonprofit organizations across the country applied to receive support from the fund, and The Uncuffed Project is one of the recipients selected by Google based on its history of helping people who have been impacted by incarceration receive training, career resources, and job placement support.
More than 600,000 Americans leave incarceration each year and face higher jobless rates than the U.S. average. The lack of technology in prison creates further barriers to employment, as digital skills are increasingly essential in the current job market. The Uncuffed Project will use the new funding to integrate Google’s digital skills curriculum into its existing programming, with the goal of helping people impacted by incarceration learn skills for today’s jobs. We want to take the generosity offered by Google and turn it into life changing gratitude. We believe that with the top notch curriculum provided by Google and the heart and soul provided by The Uncuffed Project crew, we are in a position to change lives, families, communities and society. We know that with a little bit of support and encouragement, those impacted by incarceration can, and will soar. We will be teaching in Prison Institutions, Continuation Schools, Juvenile Detention Centers and Community Outreach Centers. When necessary, we will go to the homes of an individual if it means helping them succeed.
The motto of The Uncuffed Project is, “We Navigate Freedom”. Freedom is so much easier to navigate with the help of technology. Giving those skills to the underserved will make all of society more inclusive and sustainable.
“As we work to create a more inclusive economy, we’re committed to helping people impacted by incarceration access training for today’s jobs,” said Tia McLaurin, Senior Manager, Grow with Google. “We’re proud to work with outstanding partners to ensure more people can qualify for great jobs and create a new beginning for themselves and their families.”
The selected organizations will use Google digital skills curriculum that was co-curated with five nonprofits— The Last Mile, Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Defy Ventures, Fortune Society and The Ladies of Hope Ministries. The program’s training includes five learning paths that Google developed in collaboration with nonprofit partners: (1) Getting Started with the Basics, (2) Job Search, (3) Job Readiness, (4) Online Safety, and (5) “Next Step” Job Readiness Skills. Lessons vary from fundamental digital skills such as how to apply for jobs online and create a resumé, to more advanced topics including entrepreneurship and business budgeting. Partners will integrate this curriculum into their existing programs to help people develop skills that will help them get a job or start a business.
Since launching in April 2021, Grow with Google’s program has helped more than 10,000 people impacted by incarceration obtain digital skills. Out of participants surveyed, 85% said that they felt more prepared for their future, and over 75% reported they had a job or were enrolled as a student by the end of the program. To date, Google has given over $48 million in Google.org grants and committed 50,000 pro bono hours to advance criminal justice reform. Learn more about how Google is expanding access to digital skills training to support individuals who were formerly incarcerated at grow.google/justice-impacted.
About The Uncuffed Project
The Uncuffed Project aims to reform policies for those people who have been marginalized, disenfranchised, neglected, abused and suffered travesties of justice in all facets of their lives. We care about them and their loved ones. We provide access to basic human care. Giving recently returned citizens a place where they can decompress without enduring daily pressures placed on them is what we strive for. Recently returned citizens who are new to our communities are still in need of our help. We must end their prolonged victimization at the hands of the current justice system. We feel society as a whole must be more inclusive and less judgmental. We also recognize that the impact of incarceration spirals directly into the laps of our most vulnerable, the children. So, we set out to redirect that narrative in a way that is more inclusive and less alienating. The Uncuffed Project continues their parterships with several other impactful groups as they continue to grow in this guiding movement to navigate freedom.
About Grow with Google
Grow with Google was started in 2017 to help Americans grow their skills, careers and businesses. It provides training, tools and expertise to help small business owners, veterans and military families, jobseekers and students, educators, startups and developers. Since Grow with Google’s inception, it has helped more than nine million Americans develop new skills. Grow with Google has a network of more than 8,500 partner organizations like libraries, schools, small business development centers, chambers of commerce and nonprofits to help people coast-to-coast.