In 2005, Televerde Visionary and Former CEO Jim Hooker realized that improving the employability of incarcerated women was only half the battle. They need jobs as they are released and Televerde couldn’t hire them all. Jim designed the TOPs (Transforming Our Possibilities) workshop to prepare women for reentry and employment.
In 2020, Televerde Foundation was launched to expand on this program and design and deliver a robust workforce development program that focuses on workplace readiness, career development, financial literacy, personal leadership, health & wellness and community reintegration. We call this the PATHS Program: Prepare Achieve and Transform for Healthy Success.
A Path ForwardThe Televerde Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides “a path forward” to currently and formerly incarcerated women. We empower the women of Televerde with the skills needed to build meaningful and rewarding professional careers and successfully reintegrate back into their communities. Our vision is a world with opportunities for all to be successful in the global workforce. Our mission is to help currently and formerly incarcerated women successfully join the global workforce. We do this through our core values:
- Empower Others
- Be Accountable
- Pay it Forward
- Courageously Improve
- Develop Resiliency
Our Professional Development Curriculum is designed and delivered by full-time MBA students at Arizona State University.
Develop understanding of professional etiquette in the workplace
Teamwork & Collaboration
Improve ability and understand the importance of effective collaboration
Dress for Success
Covers professional interview attire & dressing for success in the workplace.
Resume Writing & Interview Prep
Develop a professional resume, prepare for various interview formats, job fair.
Telling your story, creating a professional online presence.
James Hooker Endowment Scholarship
College opportunities & higher education to formerly incarcerated women.
Don’t take our word for it, hear what our past graduates have to say about the Televerde Workforce Program.
“Employability while in prison gave me back the self-worth and independence that I lost as a result of my incarceration. Further, Televerde’s commitment to reentry was key to helping me successfully transition back into my community. Their focus on career readiness and professional empowerment opportunities enabled me to secure a high paying professional position in technology after my release.”
“Televerde gets you started with a career in business and the Televerde Foundation helps you nourish and grow it. The skills and programs provided by the foundation prepare you to manage your career upon reentry, which is critical to your long-term success. Having access to career resources, mentors, and job placement as you leave prison gives you a head start and makes you more competitive in the hiring process. To know you have complete and total support without judgment has made all the difference in my life. It’s empowered me to reclaim my future and become the woman I am today.”
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