The New Jersey Reentry Corp. (NJRC) announced Nov. 15 that it’s joining a Google program to offer digital skills training for people impacted by incarceration.
NJRC was selected as a recipient among more than 500 nonprofits across the country that applied for a share of the $4 million funding provided by Google.
The initiative, announced in June, is an expansion of the technology company’s justice reform work. NJRC will use the funding to incorporate Google’s digital skills curriculum into its existing programming — all with the goal of helping these individuals learn skills needed for today’s jobs.
“NJRC is committed to providing a healthy pathway for court-involved persons to reenter society. Providing medical, addiction, and mental health care, legal services, housing referrals, and ultimately job training and employment, NJRC greatly values our Google partnership to provide the digital skills necessary to compete in the workplace,” said Jim McGreevey, executive director/chairman, New Jersey Reentry Corp. “Google’s digital skills will strengthen our program participants’ ability to navigate daily life and compete for good quality jobs.”
The organization will launch a series of Google’s digital skills workshops to help court-involved individuals learn how to communicate using email and learn how to use digital tools for everyday tasks. NJRC says its facilities are equipped with employment specialists who can implement and scale the curriculum and individualize the training.
“As we work to create a more inclusive economy, we’re committed to helping people impacted by incarceration access training for today’s jobs,” said Tia McLaurin, senior manager, Grow with Google. “We’re proud to work with outstanding partners to ensure more people can qualify for great jobs and create a new beginning for themselves and their families.”