America is currently home to more than 4 million youth aged 16-24 (which has increased after the pandemic) who aren’t in school or working. They are known as Opportunity Youth because of their potential value to our communities and economies. Young Black and Latino people are up to three-to-six times more likely to be disconnected than whites. Youth of color are far more likely to suffer adverse outcomes like poverty and incarceration, which increases for those that have experienced foster care, human trafficking, juvenile justice involvement, and parental incarceration.
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Fast Company: Employers like Ben & Jerry’s must help create real first chances to prevent incarceration
Unlock Potential, a first chance hiring program built by the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice with help from Ben & Jerry’s, will give career opportunities to those most likely to end up incarcerated.
Among these, Ben & Jerry’s today announced its participation in Unlock Potential, a first of its kind employment program for young people who are most vulnerable. According to the creators of the program, this initiative will enable “hiring to advance racial equity, recruit the next generation of corporate leaders, and help disrupt the poverty-to-prison pipeline.”