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 since Televerde couldn’t hire them all, he wanted to ensure they were completely prepared to transition back into the community. That was the beginning of the TOPs (Televerde’s Out Placement Support) workshops, which were designed 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 personal wellness, workplace readiness, employment strategies, financial literacy, lifelong learning and mentoring. We call this the PATHS Program: Prepare Achieve and Transform for Healthy Success.
A Path Forward
The Televerde Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides “a path forward” to currently and formerly incarcerated women. We empower currently and formerly incarcerated individuals 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 join and succeed in the global workforce.
We do this through our core values: Empower Others, Be Accountable, Pay It Forward, Courageously Improve, Develop Resiliency
Pay it Forward
Our PATHS Program includes a Personal Growth & Development Curriculum from The Change Companies, a Financial Literacy Course from the Money Experience and a Professional Development Curriculum designed and delivered by full-time MBA students at Arizona State University.
Learn how to create and maintain positive change from building healthy relationships to investing in self-care.
Provide opportunities to connect with other women to support everything from initial transition to professional mentoring.
Develop an understanding of professional etiquette and strategies for success in the workplace.
Provide a personalized approach to financial education by focusing on personal priorities, quality of life and smart purchasing.
Provide educations around resume writing, interviewing and successful job-search skills.
Provide opportunities to further education through the James Hooker Endowment Scholarship Fund and other programs.
Don’t take our word for it, hear what our graduates have to say about our 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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