Partnering with FREEAMERICA and New Profit to support the work of entrepreneurs impacted by the criminal justice system

At Bank of America, we work with nonprofit organizations to help provide meaningful employment opportunities for entrepreneurs impacted by the criminal justice system regardless of gender, race, criminal record or disability.

We're proud to partner with singer, songwriter, and activist John Legend's organization, FREEAMERICA, and New Profit to promote Unlocked Futures, an accelerator supporting entrepreneurs impacted by the criminal justice system who are operating mission-driven organizations. By lending support to individual entrepreneurs impacted by the criminal justice system, Unlocked Futures aspires to have a wide systemic impact. Through their ventures, the entrepreneurs themselves are actively breaking down barriers for their contemporaries and for future generations. We hope to scale and deepen the impact of the accelerator by amplifying the contributions made by the members of the cohort and eliminating the stigma around the formerly incarcerated.

This partnership, and others we support, gives individuals a grant, tools, mentorship, and strategic support to help grow their business.

See the impact Unlocked Futures is making nationwide:

Will Avila, Clean Decisions (Washington, DC)

Clean Decisions employs returning citizens (ex-offenders) in a commercial cleaning service and leads Changing Perceptions, a nonprofit helping individuals coming out of incarceration to develop an ownership mentality - in their future, their community, and ultimately as an entrepreneur.

Amanda Alexander, Detroit Justice Center (Detroit)

Detroit Justice Center builds equitable cities and remedies the impacts of incarceration in the U.S. by delivering community lawyering services, economic opportunities, and other ‘Just City’ solutions.

Topeka Sam, The Ladies of Hope Ministries (New York City)

Ladies of Hope Ministries helps disenfranchised and marginalized women transition from incarceration back into society through education, empowerment, spiritual development, and housing.

Marcus Bullock, Flikshop (Washington, DC)

Flikshop provides inmates the ability to receive mail from a mobile app every single day from their loved ones.

Teresa Hodge, Mission: Launch (Washington, DC)

Mission: Launch, Inc. introduces technology and entrepreneurship to formerly incarcerated individuals as a way of ensuring self-sufficiency; manages the Rebuilding Re-Entry Coalition, a citizen-led movement committed to creating a more just and inclusive society for returning citizens.

Jason Cleaveland, Obodo (St. Louis)

Obodo helps direct service nonprofits, especially those dealing with homelessness, addiction, and re-entry - through a technology platform - to streamline their data, outcome, and training systems.

James Monteiro, Re-Entry Campus Program (Providence)

Re-Entry Campus Program works within and outside the Adult Correction Institution of Rhode Island to ensure that adults in transition homes have a college degree pathway that is integrated into their post-release support systems.

Dirk Van Velzen, Prison Scholar Fund (Seattle)

Prison Scholars Fund keeps formerly incarcerated individuals from re-entering prison by creating educational opportunities for success in their communities and life.


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