As many as 1 in 3 Americans are impacted by a criminal record, resulting in nearly $78 billion in annual GDP loss—a national economic crisis, to say the least.
Given the tightening labor market where there are more opportunities than workers, the Fair Chance Coalition exists to help businesses rethink and reimagine their talent acquisition strategies to successfully tap into an often overlooked pool of talent: those with criminal records.
“It is imperative that businesses own their power to transform policies at the firm level in order to advance diversity and create equity and inclusion for the overlooked and often invisible candidate. By doing this employers will discover a talent pool within the Opportunity Youth demographic that is full of possibility and ready to work.”
Hiring fairs that combat perception biases and creates access to the ready-to-work talent that benefits your bottom line.
A collaborative network of fellow businesses to advance local and enterprise-level shifts to sustain talent pipeline development.
Tools, resources and professional development opportunities to better understand and support justice-involved young adults at your company.
With as many as 1 in 3 Americans expected to interact with the criminal justice system in their lifetime, and an annual budget that exceeds $80 billion, America is the global leader in mass incarceration and juvenile-justice arrests. Youth of color in low-income communities across the nation are over-represented in arrests and subsequent incarceration, and according to the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, there exists an implicit bias driven by negative perceptions of youth of color that can have lifelong impact on their education and employment trajectories. The opportunity for fair chance is here, and we invite employers, influencers, and leaders to help us unlock just opportunity for the nearly one-third of Americans who have a criminal record.