The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
From Roots to Re-Entry: Green Job Training Behind and Beyond “The Walls”
Thursday Sep 20 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Come to this Urban Sustainability Forum about a green jobs training program for inmates of the Philadelphia Prison System.
Networking reception: 6:00 pm
Program: 6:30 pm
Free for Academy members, $5 for nonmembers
Register at usf_roots_reentry.eventbrite.com/
Did you know that putting just 100 currently unemployed, formerly incarcerated individuals back to work would produce an additional $1.9 million in city wage tax revenue over these individuals’ post-release lifetimes?
Join us to learn about the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Roots to Re-Entry
job training program, a new jobs initiative that provides inmates of the Philadelphia prison system with meaningful opportunities and practical job training while fostering healthy green communities. Representatives from the Job Opportunity Investment Network, a partnership of regional funders, will moderate a panel of Roots to Re-Entry partners and stakeholders to illustrate how this initiative helps its alumni gain high-demand, accessible jobs in the landscaping industry.
Learn more about the Roots to Re-Entry Program and participant experiences here.
Jennie Sparandara, Executive Director, Job Opportunity Investment Network, Moderator
Diane Cornman-Levy, Executive Director, Federation of Neighborhood Centers
Troy Johnson, 2010 Roots to Re-Entry Graduate
Louis Giorla, Commissioner, Philadelphia Prison System
Tom Innes, Attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Fran Lawn, Roots to Re-Entry Project Manager, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Joseph Pyle, President, Scattergood Foundation
Ken Kolodziej, Program Employer, KJK Associates
Stop by Green Drinks before the Urban Sustainability Forum for conversation and a beer! Sponsored by 'Save Some Green,' Green Drinks will take place at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 'Pop-up Garden,' located at 19th and Walnut Streets.