The ELEMENTS

The Elements Meetup #2: w/The Last Mile

This is one we were super proud to bring to you all. This is an amazing organization that is making a difference and personally has changed my life and perspective profoundly. Thanks to Natrina, well…for being Natrina and to Aly for sharing so openly with us – your both amazing!

Overview

The problem of incarceration in America is a daunting one:

• The US contains 5% of the world population while making up 25% of the world’s incarcerated

• Since the 1970s our prison population has grown 700%

• Prison spending for state and federal institutions is nearly $48 BILLION a year

• The recidivism rate in the U.S. is over 60%

The Last Mile (TLM) was created to provide programs that result in successful reentry and reduce recidivism. In 2014, TLM launched the first computer coding curriculum in a United States prison (Code.7370), in partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and CalPIA. The men learn HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Python. In addition to these front end skills, the curriculum has expanded to include web and logo design, data visualization and UX/UI. In August of this year, TLM launched their Joint Venture, “The Last Mile Works” allowing select graduates from Code.7370 to earn employment and get real world experience on projects from the outside.

Join Natrina Gandana, TLM’s Program Manager and Aly Tamboura, a recently returned citizen and graduate, to learn about their amazing work and the newly launched joint venture program. See how you can support their work and/or work with the talented TLM Works team on your next project.

The Elements Meetup features a series of events, workshops and speakers focused on work, life and doing good for others (plus, the art of balancing it all),  join the Meetup or sign up to get notification of our events.

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