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Center for Employment Opportunities
  • The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is an independent nonprofit corporation based in New York City, NY that connects returning inmates with transitional, paid employment and job skills training in an effort to reduce recidivism. 
    • The organization has expanded to several locations around the country including Buffalo, Albany, Rochester and Binghamton, NY, Oakland and San Diego, CA and Tulsa, OK.
  • The CEO began as a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice in 1970s but acquired its nonprofit status in 1996. In the last decade, the CEO has made over 10,000 job placements for formerly incarcerated individuals in full-time positions. The CEO provides participants with life skill education, short-term paid transitional employment, full-time job placement and post-placement services.
    • The program places participants on day-labor work crews, which provides them with structure, exposure to a work environment and an income. The life skill education includes job readiness classes, job coaching, a fatherhood program and support services for other reentry challenges as needed. 
  • The CEO places an emphasis on working with the most at-risk populations, generally providing services to young adults, ages 18-25, who have limited work experience, face strong barriers to entering the workforce and are at a high risk of re-offending.
  • “The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. Our highly structured and tightly supervised programs help participants regain the skills and confidence needed for a successful transition to a stable, productive life. CEO’s vision is that anyone with a recent criminal history who wants to work has the preparation and support needed to find a job and to stay connected to the labor force.”

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