The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) helps people who have recently been incarcerated find and keep jobs that provide a foundation for a productive future. Its program has been proven to reduce recidivism and save taxpayer dollars.
CEO offers a week-long pre-employment life skills class followed by transitional employment on one of its work crews, where participants work an average of two to three months before being placed in a full-time unsubsidized job. CEO provides job-readiness coaching, opportunities for vocational training, job placement assistance, and retention services to help participants secure and maintain unsubsidized employment.
Forty-one percent of the program’s participants are ages 18-25.
A randomized controlled trial evaluation found that CEO reduced recidivism by 22 percent for recently released participants. The study further found that CEO produced a total net benefit to taxpayers of $4,100 per participant for the entire study sample, and as high as $8,300 for recently released individuals.
- In January 2014, Sam Schaeffer was named Executive Director. A five-year veteran of CEO, Schaeffer succeeded Mindy Tarlow, who left to take a senior post in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration.
- CEO opened sites in Oklahoma City, OK and San Bernadino, CA and now offers its program in ten sites in New York, Oklahoma and California.
- CEO was one of only two direct service organizations awarded a planning grant by the Irvine Foundation to assess the feasibility of a Pay for Success contract in California.
- It received a grant from EMCF to support its fund development plan to increase private giving.
- CEO had notable success winning public and private funding, including contracts in Oakland and San Diego, and grants from Google and the Greenlight Fund.
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