It’s becoming clearer each day that formerly incarcerated people in America often have an extremely difficult time adjusting to everyday life once they’re thrown back into normalcy.
The United States has long been famous for its issues regarding mass incarceration and lack of resources for those who need help creating a new life for themselves after conviction and time served.
Thankfully, some inspiring people and organizations are working to change that and give people a second chance at life, and the Pivot program at Georgetown University is one of them.
In collaboration with the Prisons and Justice Initiative and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown, the Pivot program is on a mission to help formerly incarcerated individuals get the skills and education they need to find successful careers and advance as professionals.
Pivot is a one-year, rigorous academic and employment program that will provide its participants with a solid business and entrepreneurial education.
It is a very selective program, as those who wish to participate must be emotionally ready to commit to the curriculum.
Since 2018, Pivot has formed six cohorts of up to 20 selected individuals who become ‘fellows’ upon entering the program.
During their time with the program, Pivot fellows will take classes and learn how to embrace their talents and find themselves in today’s workplace environments.
Pivot fellows will learn what it means to practice entrepreneurial thinking, utilize various professional tools and techniques, and work their way through today’s most popular hiring practices.