A Message from Executive Director, Michelle Cirocco

Michelle Cirocco
I am so excited to launch our first quarterly newsletter and share the wonderful work Televerde Foundation is doing. As you know, we are on a mission to enable currently and formerly incarcerated women to join and succeed in the global workforce. When we launched the Foundation, more than a year ago we wanted to make an impact. The outstanding results and transformations we have seen in such a short time proves that we are on the right track. My team and I are fortunate to see the huge strides our participants make towards their personal and professional goals on a daily basis. The sheer grit and determination of the women really inspires me to be better and do more, so that we can reach more women. This newsletter is our way of sharing their stories with you. We hope that the success of these women inspires you in the same way it inspires us every single day.

Now Available: First Year Impact Report

  • 81 Participants
  • 175 Hours of Programs
  • 180+ Mock Interviews
  • 20 Released
  • 95% Employed
  • 0% Recidivism

In the News

Michelle Cirocco, executive director of Televerde Foundation, has been named a Most Admired Leader by the Phoenix Business Journal

Forbes Inc. Announces: Televerde Foundation Launches to Give More Incarcerated Women a Path to Employment—And Issues Invitation for Companies to Collaborate with Them

Televerde Foundation and AWS Collaborate to Empower Women Impacted by Incarceration

Recent graduate, Valerie Ochoa and current Career PATHS participant Monique join Michelle for a panel discussion about the power of purpose in business and second chances at the Good is the New Cool Conference

Our First Career PATHS Program Officially Launched!

There is a growing skills gap in sales, customer service and IT-related positions affecting companies of all sizes. A recent survey shows the shortage of talent in the United States has tripled over the last 10 years. To add to that, eighty-one thousand women are released from prison each year, many of whom have the desire to join and succeed in the global workforce. Click here to view the full press release.

A Heart-felt Story from an Advisory Board Member

Second Chance Hiring

A Second Chance: Why It Matters

“You may not care at all about who is incarcerated—many people firmly believe that if a person commits a crime, they should pay for it. I get it. I also felt that way too until my 20-year-old son was arrested, incarcerated, and housed in San Quentin for stealing a…”  read more By: MJ Rose

The Road Less Traveled: Cristina’s Road to Self-Discovery

By Cristina E. Perryville Women’s Prison- Career PATHS Cohort May 2021

This isn’t the road I’m supposed to be on. For years I thought I was on the road less traveled: the road of self-discovery and non-conformity. But even those with lofty goals are subject to the harsh realities of the world. To the tragedies and misfortune that cross all our paths. And when true suffering, like the suffering of a mother battling breast cancer and then leukemia, true suffering rears its ugly head. That’s when all the good I’d done seemed worthless and useless because it couldn’t save her. Click here to finish reading.

What Freedom Really Means

When you’re incarcerated, your vision of freedom changes. As an incarcerated woman, no one asked Morgan how she planned to spend a summer holiday. Beach vacations, BBQs, and trips abroad were all on hold. It may sound strange to some, but that didn’t bring her sadness. Read Morgan’s blog

Support Our Mission

To continue Televerde Foundation’s mission, we need your support. There are so many ways for individuals and organizations to get involved and support the economic empowerment of justice-involved women. Whether it’s in-kind donations, sponsorships, volunteering, grants, or corporate match programs, we want to hear from you. For more information on how to get involved, reach out to us directly or visit our website at: https://televerdefoundation.org/take-action/  Thank you for your support and don’t forget to follow us:

Warm wishes from all of us at Televerde Foundation, 
Michelle, Dawn, Oonagh, Jada, and Rashele

Want to:

“Add to Cart,” Support Televerde Foundation!

Every time you “add to cart,” you can support Televerde Foundation through Amazon Smile account! Go to smile.amazon.com and choose Televerde Foundation as your charity then shop as you normally would. It’s that easy! When you make a purchase Amazon will donate a portion of the cost to the foundation. Be sure to shop at smile.amazon.com to ensure you’re making a charitable donation.

You can also support us by purchasing items from our Amazon wish list. These are essential items that go into gift bags and are given to our graduates upon their release from prison.

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