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Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever, with employees from multiple generations, cultures, and walks of life– including the 1 in 3 adults of working age in the U.S. with a criminal record. In response to requests from business leaders who saw the hiring potential in this talent pool, but wanted practical support to maximize the value for their bottom line and the community,  MADE Transitional Services partnered with MindOpen Learning Strategies to develop a unique professional development program. Leveraging the Workforce of the Future is a series of training modules designed to help businesses move beyond legal compliance to full inclusion of the vast untapped talent pool of formerly incarcerated people, including managing risks, accessing resources, overcoming implicit bias, and embedding organizational change. Each module is customized to account for differences in regional and professional regulations, as well as organizational values and priorities, and is approved by the Human Resources Credentialing Institute (HRCI) for Continuing Education credits.

Join us for a new training developed for HR leaders actively staying ahead of the curve—like you. Join a community of employers leading the way in Fair Chance hiring practices. You’ll leave with strategies and tools you can put to use right away.


Elizabeth Speck, Ph.D., Training Consultant 

M.A.D.E. will increase the impact of its job-readiness and transitional services by combining these services with a housing component in 2017. Our halfway houses will emphasize independence, community integration, accountability and efficient development. Individuals residing in our residence are in agreement with all rules and regulations which promotes healthy living and lifestyles. Each participant enjoys various recreational and social activities, independent adult daily living skills, including preparing meals, shopping for food and household supplies, and completing regular household chores are expected of everyone who lives here. Our housing standards are in place to maintain suitable living conditions that are conducive to a life after M.A.D.E. Transitional Services training.

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is the innovative, evidence-based cognitive behavioral curriculum from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) that has broadly influenced the correctional field and the way correctional facilitators work with offenders and inmates. The program is designed to be provided to justice-involved adults and youth, males and females. T4C incorporates research from cognitive restructuring theory, social skills development, and the learning and use of problem-solving skills. The curriculum comprises of lessons are geared towards learning effectively; social skill, cognitive self-change, and problem-solving.

An evidenced-based, 20-hour curriculum developed by the Department Of Criminal Justice Services teamed with National Institute of Corrections helps ex-offenders with skill building and equips them to make choices that will lead to employment and to job retention and career advancement. Along with the traditional job readiness content, the RSW curriculum also includes:assessments, barriers and resources, legal Issues and financial incentives, as well as a module which focuses on the local one-stop employment centers to encourage increased ex-offenders’ use of this valuable community resource. With the addition of the New York City OWDS team, Ready, Set, Work! will be the foundation of pathways to employment by providing offender workforce development training directly to ex-offenders. Ready, Set, Work! is recognized them as the gold standard in New York State probation/parole departments.

For troubled adolescents, group sessions and one-on-one counseling, informal mentoring, social activities, educational opportunities make up M.A.D.E’s at-risk youth initiatives. These activities and counseling will address anger impulses, discuss resisting temptation, teach self-negotiation skills, and communication coaching. We find success in addressing these at-risk behaviors and mindset by pairing these individuals with mentors with whom they can relate with similar upbringings.

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