NRWC leverages a community of practice (CoP) approach to drive most of what we do. While we are more than a CoP, the foundational principles shape our values and are infused in all we do.
Equity & Access
As a national network, NRWC strategically partners with reentry program practitioners, employers, advocates, government agencies, researchers, and funders. This is our trifold approach:
Reentry programs vary in type, size, level of effectiveness, and are scattered throughout the country. NRWC creates space to facilitate peer-to-peer learning of practices and policies that work. We provide educational resources to enhance understanding of the reentry workforce field, empower individuals and organizations to implement best practices for ideal outcomes, and tell compelling stories to move the hearts and minds of decision makers.
People with a big vision for change are looking to work with like-minded individuals. NRWC provides a platform to connect individuals from every sphere of the reentry workforce landscape. We facilitate the formation of strategic partnerships to replicate effective practices, build employer networks, and secure resources. We mobilize our network to discuss and advocate for policies that help individuals who have been impacted by the justice system receive equitable opportunities for employment.
Persistent challenges in the field are often not met with effective or viable solutions. NRWC is committed to find and promote solutions that already exist; we are not interested in reinventing the wheel. Using subject matter experts and the creativity and insight of people with lived experience, we are dedicated to developing tools and resources to address barriers and close gaps in the workforce field.
by advancing federal, state, and local efforts to provide resources and support to reentry and workforce services that address the needs of marginalized job seekers while helping local businesses, especially small and medium sized businesses, hire and retain skilled talent.
by hosting meetings that create space for engaging one another, building meaningful relationships, and identifying ways to work together.
by providing credentialing programs to train and certify providers and leaders of reentry workforce programs and organizations using evidence-based practices and identified standards in the field, as well as developing a resource center to provide a suite of value-added tools, resources, and services to members of NRWC and the reentry workforce field.
by presenting data and stories on what is working effectively in communities to federal and state government representatives, policy makers, employers, and funders.
Whatever your role, you are welcome to join us in this cause.
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