The Fair One Program - Jobs for Formerly Incarcerated Women
Have you ever been told no, when you know the answer should have been yes? Yes, you got the job! When can you start? Everyday someone who is fully qualified for a job listing, maybe even over qualified is denied employment based on bias of their race, religion, age, disability or back ground. It happens every day, everywhere. Our “Fair One” program caters to formerly incarcerated women who wish to get into the field of sales. We are aiming to help reduce recidivism and the stigma that felons can’t change.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice an estimated 68% of released prisoners were arrested within 3 years, 79% within 6 years, and 83% within 9 years. A key factor that keeps sending these individuals back into prison, is the lack of employment opportunity. Every one deserves a second chance. Shukor Bella’s “Fair One” program focuses on building confident, earning legit income and creating overall stability. Each woman will have the opportunity to essentially start their own business selling Shukor Bella products.
We are not serving hand out’s; we are setting up opportunities for a “Fair One”. People need a chance to prove they have change. They need a fair chance to gain employment. Fair One is a program for women to collaborate, inspire and elevate one another. Ladies will first go through a training course that will highlight topics such as professionalism, sales strategy, accounting and marketing. After completion of courses our trainees will be able to start their careers as a sales representative.
Why hire formerly incarcerated women? Because I can remember filling out applications, just to get to the end and get hit with the question have you ever been convicted of a crime? Hundreds and countless applications and all I received was “this position has been filled by someone who is more qualified for the position". In 2004, I committed a crime and I have been paying for it ever since. After serving my six-year sentence in state prison, I decided to change my life and try to make something of myself. I enrolled in school within thirty days of my release and committed to higher education as my escape route to relapse.
In 2016, I graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors in Business Marketing. I assumed from here it would be smooth sailing, only to get
rejected and dismissed. If only these potential employers would take the chance to get to know me, they would see I’m not the monster they presume. I’m a woman, who made a mistake. I am also hard working, trust worthy and most importantly “Qualified.” These rejections fueled my strength and encouraged me to start my own business and hire myself. When you keep hearing no, it can be detrimental to your confidence. I now know that I needed to hear those "no", so Fair One could be conceived.
Fair One is hoping to launch in 2020. We are going to build self-esteem through self-employment. Shukor BELLA is saying yes! Yes, you're hired!
If you would like to get involved with Fair One, email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I AM MY SISTERS KEEPER.