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Take Charge: Supporting women on parole through advancing social and technological skills

Take Charge: Supporting women on parole through advancing social and technological skills

Carrol Reaser-Parris 84 Views

Many women leave prison with no knowledge of the latest technology changes and processes associated with societal norms impacting employment. My idea supports assisting women transitioning from incarceration to parole with skills to help them gain and retain employment by providing exposure through The Take Charge re-acclimation program. All services are remote/online and include providing a laptop, internet access, with required completion of computer modules regarding business etiquette, professionalism in the work place, internet policies in the workplace, appropriate language and conversations in the workplace and how to handle stressful situations in the workplace. Upon successful completion of the modules, the women will obtain assistance with preparing a cover letter, resume; saving and uploading the documents, interviewing skills - 8 basic types as well as gain opportunities to apply and interview for jobs. The Take Charge program prepares women for a future of technology.


There is both a social and technological impact for women reentering society. The Take Charge program allows participants to become current on the use of technology while learning about workplace norms and managing family life from the comfort of their homes. Everyone benefits from the 1 2 week program. Beginning with the program participants, their families, employers, and the community in which they live. They will become contributing citizens who will gain the confidence to Take Charge.

What I Will Do With $5,000

The funds would be used for the purchase and upkeep of laptops and/or desktop computers for the program participants. In addition, upon receiving job interviews, the funds will be able to assist with clothing and transportation. Upon securing employment, for the first 30 days on the job transportation support will also be provided as needed. The plan will ultimately provide service and support to 10 women every 12 weeks for one year; helping 40 women annually as they Take Charge

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About Carrol Reaser-Parris

Currently, I am the Coordinator of Student Services, at the University of Detroit Mercy. I earned an M.A in Human Resource Management from Marygrove College and an M.A. in Liberal Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy. I also earned a B.A. in Communication at Oakland University. Over the past four years, I have become familiar with the Michigan penal system through personal experience which is where I gained passion for helping and supporting incarcerated women.

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