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Governor Malloy, Comm. Jackson and Regional Mayors meet with Students in the Best Chance Program

Governor Malloy, Labor Commissioner Scott Jackson, and Mayors Bronin (Hartford), Leclerc (East Hartford) and Moran (Manchester) visited the training site of the Best Chance Program – a program that is part of his Second Chance Society that helps former offenders gain the skills and supports they need to re-enter the workforce and build sustainable and self-supporting career paths.

At this gathering were the funders, partners, Mayors from the region as well as the new Connecticut Commissioner of Labor, Scott Jackson. The setting provided a great opportunity to understand the collaborative approach that has been developed to be successful in helping individuals transition back into their communities, and provided a platform to hear directly from the students themselves.  The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving launched the first successful IBEST pilot four years ago, that led to this work being funded today.  The first group of students started the program just last week, and we look forward to bringing this program more to scale in the years ahead.

If you know of anyone who may be eligible for this program designed for former offenders, here is some more information.

Click above to watch the full video of this roundtable discussion.