Mission: To enable people who have been in prison to succeed in careers in tech.
More people are incarcerated in the United States than in any other country in the world, with 2.3 million currently behind bars. Over 40% of those released from prison will be re-incarcerated within three years. Getting a job after release is a major predictor of successful reentry into society, but most people leaving prison do not have access to living-wage jobs due to lack of in-demand skills and the stigma of a criminal record.
Meanwhile, there is opportunity in the tech industry. There are 223,000 estimated open software developer jobs in the United States.
Unloop believes that given access to a coding education and a network of support, people with records can succeed in the tech industry, break the cycles of incarceration for their families, and become leaders in their communities. They provide year-long intensive web development training in prison—with integrated professional development curriculum—and build a community of supportive employers, educators, and individuals on the outside to create opportunities for their students upon their release.
Other Ways to Get Involved:
Their current volunteer opportunities can be found on their website.
If your tech company is interested in partnering with them or potentially offering their releasing students paid internships or jobs, please reach out!