Do you remember the first person who put you on? By “put you on,” I mean the person who stuck their neck out to say how amazing you are and how they knew you could add value to that role you were applying for. During the Great Recession of 2009 that summer, I had someone who put me on by arranging an interview that would lead me to my first job after I graduated from college. What made this referral work was the fact I had a set of in-demand skills required for the job and I was ready to work. Connecting talent with in-demand skills to employers who are committed to build a just and competitive economy is at the core of our Fair Chance hiring initiative.

As a talent accelerator working at the intersection of community-based impact and corporate transformation, our Inclusive Talent Solutions (ITS) model equips young talent with the tools necessary to compete for high-quality jobs and actively addresses the problems of systemic racism and all other obstacles that impede the path toward achieving a wholly inclusive economy. Grounded in our ITS model, we’ve partnered with USC’s Price Center for Social Innovation to design innovations that support employers in building a just economy. 

It’s our project team's goal to connect to employers who are ready to put on justice-involved talent equipped to add value to their companies. Through a series of design thinking workshops with employers, we have developed innovations to pilot with employers aimed at accelerating hiring opportunities for justice-involved young adults.