Fair Opportunities Employment
Each year thousands of Minnesotans exit incarceration and come back into our community. Too often it feels that even though they have served their sentence, they are continually defined by that worst day,decision or moment.
Ramsey County and the Workforce Innovation Board of Ramsey County are offering information, resources and events to help employers better understand the value of hiring individuals impacted by the criminal justice system.
- Come network with fellow hiring professionals, learn from experts, and get inspired by the work of artists from Art from the Inside and learn about hiring justice-impacted individuals at the Inclusive Hiring Connections Summit on January 24, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find new talent pipelines and discover tools for implementing innovative and effective hiring practices to increase diversity and inclusiveness in your organization. Choose from a variety of breakout sessions, led by workforce experts, on topics such as skills-based hiring, youth internships, accommodating employees with disabilities and more. You can also visit tables at the Training Resources Fair to connect with community training programs that develop skilled workers for multiple industries. Register now!
- Power Within Us helps support young adults ages 16-24 who are currently on probation in Ramsey County connect to paid job training and education programs. Resource sessions are held every second Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. at Arlington Hills Community Center. Learn more.
- Inclusive Employer Toolkit: Offers concrete practices to build diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces in the areas of staff recruitment, hiring, onboarding, and retention.
- Work Opportunity Tax Credit: A federal tax credit available to employers who invest in American job seekers in a WOTC targeted group who have consistently faced barriers to employment.
- Federal Bonding Program: A U.S. Department of Labor program that provides Fidelity Bonds for “at-risk,” hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment at no cost to the job applicant or the employer.
- Twin Cities R!se Employer Fair Chance Hiring Guide
- Brennan Center for Justice: Conviction, Imprisonment and Lost Earnings Report
- Brennan Center For Justice: Lost Wages Fact Sheet
- Numbers We Cannot Ignore Presentation by Damon Drake
- Normalizing Opportunity: A Policy Agenda to Promote Economic Advancement for People with Criminal Records - released by Jobs for the Future
- Fair Opportunities Article Series:
- March 2023 - Breaking Barriers to Fair Opportunities for job seekers and employers in Ramsey County
- April 2023 - Breaking Barriers Through Art Creates Fair Opportunities
- May 2023 - Fair Opportunities Connections Through Art and The Art of Healing
- June 2023 - In Ramsey County, Ujamaa means Collaboration and Transformation
- July 2023 - Mental Health, Character and Responsibility: Building a Bridge to Reentry
- August 2023 - Intentional Hiring for Justice-Impacted Individuals
- September 2023 - Department of Corrections: A Bridge to Employment Opportunities
- October 2023 - Relationships and Trust Necessary for Community Reentry
- November 2023 - Wildflyer Coffee Brews Solutions for Youth Homelessness
- December 2023 -Breaking Down Barriers for Justice Impacted Individuals is a Workforce Solution
Questions? Contact Rebecca.Milbrandt@ramseycounty.us.
The Fair Opportunities Hiring initiative is a collaboration between Ramsey County, the Workforce Innovation Board of Ramsey County and many community partners, including Alpha Emergence Behavioral Health, Art from the Inside, Repowered, Strive Staffing, Ujamaa Place and We Resolve.