Every two weeks Fortune Society, a non-profit organization that helps formerly incarcerated individuals reintegrate into society, holds a ten-day “Soft Skills Workshop,” or a workshop that teaches ex-offenders the skills they need to get a job. The class includes attitude adjustment training and mock job interviews, taught by, in many cases, ex-offenders who decided to turn their lives around and inspire others in their situation to do the same.
Despite the high unemployment rates, the attitude at Fortune is sunny.
“We understand that there is a recession,” said Soft Skills Trainer John Dawson. “But the people that are hungry, that really want to get work, the majority of them are employed.”
In fact, several of Dawson’s previous students have recently gotten hired, he said.