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Former Inmates Gain Valuable Job-Seeking Skills

College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University

For a person with a criminal record finding a job can be challenging at best. Facing overwhelming obstacles in addition to a sagging employment market, many former inmates become overwhelmed, often leading them to make poor choices and return to crime. To equip former inmates with the necessary skills to find and retain employment, the Enactus team at the College of Saint Benedict & St. John"s University partnered with The Dream Center, a halfway house for men with physical and mental disabilities who have recently been released from prison. The team worked with the center to create a series of weekly educational sessions covering topics such as resume writing, interviewing and networking skills, effective communication and career assessment exercises. To further empower these men on their path to a more positive future, the team also held a book drive that collected more than 250 books for the facility library. In addition to providing much-needed skills and training, the project is helping to increase options and ensure more positive futures for an at-risk group. In fact, thanks to this ongoing project, two of The Dream Center residents have even gone on to attend college to further their employment possibilities.