Center for Employment Opportunities (New York, NY)

Name

  • Name:Amira El-Ghobashy
  • Title:Director of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Address:50 Broadway, Suite 1604
    New York, NY 10004
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:212-422-4430

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General

  • Mission:
  • The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. CEO’s vision is that anyone with a recent criminal history who wants to work has the preparation and support needed to find a job and to stay connected to the labor force.

  • Overview:
  • CEO’s model consists of four phases specifically designed to engage participants recently released from incarceration. Although there are distinct phases in the model, participants move through the phases at their own pace, enabling each person to address their unique barriers to employment.

    Phase I: Job Readiness Training
    CEO’s program begins with a Life Skills Education (LSE) course in the first week, where participants learn best practices for applying to jobs, interviewing and overcoming the stigma of a conviction. CEO also works with participants to procure all necessary identification documents, removing a frequent barrier that prevents them from legally stepping onto a job site and receiving a paycheck.

    Phase II: Transitional Employment
    After graduating from LSE, participants move immediately into paid transitional jobs for CEO’s social enterprise. Working for CEO on a supervised work crew gives participants an opportunity to earn a daily paycheck within one week of enrollment while learning basic workplace skills on the job and developing the tools they need to rejoin the workforce.


    Phase III: Full-time Job Placement
    Concurrent with working a transitional job, CEO participants receive a full suite of vocational services, beginning with individualized case management with an assigned Job Coach. Once they are deemed “Job Start Ready,” CEO uses the experience gained on transitional work sites to market participants to permanent employers. CEO’s dedicated Business Account Managers focus on building relationships with local businesses and filling job orders to match participants to employer specifications.

    Phase IV: Post-Placement Retention Services
    CEO recognizes the tenacity required of program participants to remain connected to the workforce. To that end, participants receive retention services from CEO for a full year after job placement. Retention services include: workplace counseling, crisis management, job redevelopment after job loss, and career planning. An incentive-based program, Rapid Rewards, provides monthly payments to enrolled participants who attain job retention milestones.

    CEO tracks participant engagement and employment statistics as well as broader indicators of cumulative economic impact, particularly within low and moderate income (LMI) communities. The organization is widely viewed as a leader in non-profit performance management and the outcomes reflect this reputation. In 2015, CEO enrolled 4,227 participants, provided transitional jobs to 3,460 individuals and secured 2,231 permanent job placements. These outcomes represent significant achievements, given the steep barriers facing this population.

    CEO’s program improves public safety, increases employment and alleviates poverty for a particularly marginalized segment of the population. In a random assignment study conducted by researchers at MDRC and funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, CEO’s intervention was proven to break the cycle of incarceration. After three years of follow-up, convictions of a crime fell by over 22 percent, and re-incarceration for a new crime fell by over 26 percent—outcomes MDRC not only deemed statistically significant but "rare" for rigorous studies of this kind. Results were particularly dramatic among those who pose a high risk of re-offense.

    In addition to criminal justice and taxpayer impacts, CEO’s evidence-based model encourages self-sufficiency; promotes family stability through increased individual and household income, and provides healthier prospects for children with parents in the justice system.

  • History:
  • For over 30 years, the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) has offered immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services exclusively to individuals with criminal records. CEO’s program helps participants gain the workplace skills and confidence needed for a successful transition to a stable, productive life. The organization’s vision is that anyone with a recent criminal history who wants to work has the preparation and support needed to find a job and stay connected to the labor force.

    What began as a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice in the 1970s is now the leading employment reentry organization in the country. Since becoming an independent nonprofit in 1995, CEO has made over 19,000 placements with hundreds of local businesses. In 2009, the organization began to replicate its program model, first in Upstate New York and later in California and Oklahoma. In 2015, the program will extend further with new sites in Philadelphia, PA and San Jose, CA.

    The CEO program model has met the highest standards of evidence. In an independent evaluation by MDRC, CEO was found to significantly reduce re-arrests, reconviction and re-incarceration within three years of release. CEO participants at a higher risk of re-incarceration spent 30% less time in prison or jail than the control group—outcomes deemed rare in rigorous studies of this kind. The program was also found to be highly cost-effective; for every dollar spent, CEO generated up to $3.85 in savings, primarily in reduced criminal justice spending. In 2009, the organization began to replicate its program model, first in New York State and later in California, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

    The CEO program model has been proven effective through the highest standards of evidence. In an evaluation by the independent research firm MDRC, CEO was found to significantly reduce re-arrests, reconviction and re-incarceration of individuals three years after release from prison. In the study, participants at a higher risk of re-incarceration spent 30% less time in prison or jail than the control group—outcomes deemed rare in rigorous studies of this kind. The program was also found to be highly cost-effective; for every dollar spent, CEO generated up to $3.85 in savings, primarily in reduced criminal justice spending. In 2009, the organization began to replicate its program model outside of the New York City flagship office. Thus far, CEO has been able to scale its program to eleven jurisdictions, doubling the total number of people served over the last five years.

  • Year established:1995
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:200

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
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