Grant to be utilized to enhance Employment Opportunity Lab Services
Second Chance Center (SCC), an Aurora-based non-profit that is dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated individuals successfully transition into society, was awarded $100K from Denver-based Impact 100 on June 10, 2021. SCC received one of three awards given by Impact 100, which will go to fund the SCC Employment Opportunity Lab. The Employment Opportunity Lab is designed to give clients the support and resources they need to prepare for, attain, and excel in a career pathway. This award falls under the category of "sustainable change." This means it is not a one time/quick fix but instead something long lasting and positive within the Aurora - Denver Community.
“We are fortunate to have been considered for this award,” said Hassan A. Latif, Founder and Executive Director at SCC. “We would also like to congratulate the other Impact 100 awardees as they too are impactful in our community.”, continues Latif.
We Don’t Waste, an organization that works to reduce hunger and food waste in the Denver area, is a recipient of $50.3K from Impact 100, along with Mountain Resource Center who helps families maintain their homes, was also awarded $50.3K.
“Everyone who comes out of prison knows they have to get a job. However, we have always tried to get people to think beyond that, to get them to think about career development,” said Latif. “You might not think it would take a lot of work to get people to make that shift in their minds, but it really has taken some work on our part,” explains Latif.
The SCC plans to utilize the grant to equip the Employment Opportunity Lab with a state-of-the art computer lab and training resources for individuals who need help finding mortgage paying careers, as well as supporting them in their training and certifications. A professional career counselor and care manager will be working with clients at all times during the process of searching for work or upgrading skill sets.
For more information, visit www.impact100metrodenver.org/2021-grant-recipients for the full story. Visit www.scccolorado.org for more information SCC.
ABOUT SECOND CHANCE CENTER
Established in 2012, Second Chance Center, Inc. (SCC) is a Colorado based nonprofit organization determined to be the state’s premier community re-entry program and a model for the nation. With over 200 members, the SCC offers case management, mentoring, and vital resources to assist formerly incarcerated individuals in reestablishing their lives and becoming successful members of the community. For more information, visit www.scccolorado.org.
ABOUT IMPACT 100
Impact100 was founded in 2001 in response to feeling as though women’s roles in philanthropy needed a new way to be expanded and encouraged. The organization was launched with the goal of empowering women to see themselves as activists through utilizing large grants to make an impact within their communities. For more information, visit www.impact100metrodenver.org.
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