Unlocked Futures

Empowering promising, early-stage entrepreneur to pursue impact at scale

Unlocked Futures, a partnership between New Profit and FREEAMERICA, is designed to unleash the expertise and insight of social entrepreneurs who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to remove barriers in America.

Unlocked Futures recognizes that entrepreneurship is a pathway for people who have been affected by the criminal justice system to earn a family-sustaining income and build a career. Unlocked Futures aims to open the opportunity equation to those impacted by the criminal justice system and remove barriers to social enterprise. People whose lives are affected by the criminal justice system have unmatched expertise and insight into where the system can be improved for better outcomes.

 

First Cohort

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Will Avila
Owner, Clean Decisions
Clean Decisions employs returning citizens (ex-offenders) in a commercial cleaning service and leads Changing Perceptions, a nonprofit helping individuals coming out of incarceration to develop an ownership mentality - in their future, their community, and ultimately as an entrepreneur.
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Amanda Alexander
Founder, Detroit Justice Center
Detroit Justice Center builds equitable cities and remedies the impacts of incarceration in the U.S. by delivering community lawyering services, economic opportunities, and other ‘Just City’ solutions.
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Marcus Bullock
CEO, Flikshop
Flickshop provides inmates the ability to receive mail from a mobile app every single day from their loved ones.
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Jason Cleaveland
Founder & CEO, Obodo
Obodo helps direct service nonprofits, especially those dealing with homelessness, addiction, and reentry - through a technology platform - to streamline their data, outcome, and training systems.
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Teresa Hodge
Co-founder & Director of Strategy & Innovation, Mission: Launch, Inc.
Mission: Launch, Inc. Introduces technology and entrepreneurship to formerly incarcerated individuals as a way of ensuring self-sufficiency; manages the Rebuilding Re-Entry Coalition, a citizen-led movement committed to creating a more just and inclusive society for returning citizens.
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James Monteiro
Founder & Director, Re-Entry Campus Program
Re-Entry Campus Program works within and outside the Adult Correction Institution of Rhode Island to ensure that adults in transition homes have a college degree pathway that is integrated into their post-release support systems.
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Topeka Sam
Founder, Ladies of Hope Ministries
Ladies of Hope Ministries helps disenfranchised and marginalized women transition from incarceration back into society through education, empowerment, spiritual development, and housing
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Dirk Van Velzen
Executive Director, Prison Scholars Fund
Prison Scholars Fund keeps formerly incarcerated individuals from re-entering prison by creating educational opportunities for success in their communities and life.

Second Cohort

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Gina Castillo
Executive Director, Unloop
Unloop builds. They build skills, hope, and opportunities for living wage work in tech. They also build software and offer companies a unique opportunity to easily find excellent, curated talent. At Unloop they have built a pipeline to tech for folks with records with an end-to-end pathway that begins with coding education and ends with real-world work at thriving wages—both in industry and at their own Unloop Studio.
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Percilla Frizzell
Executive Director, Sacred Generations
Sacred Generations is an intergenerational movement of healing dedicated to restoring Native land and people by organizing system-impacted tribal communities to end educational inequity, mass incarceration, and climate injustice through data sovereignty, civic leadership, and policy advocacy.
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George Galvis
Executive Director, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)
The mission of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) (“Courage”) is to end cycles of violence and poverty by uplifting young people of color that have been impacted by incarceration. CURYJ believes that young adults are the experts on the issues affecting their lives and must be involved in developing policies that impact them.
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David Heppard
Executive Director, Freedom Project
Freedom Project is a nonprofit organization that offers programs inside prison, in reentry, and in the community that seek to create spaces where empathy happens with workshops, community circles, and peer support. Our goal is to address the trauma, stigmatization, and isolation that stem from involvement with the legal system.
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Chas Moore
Executive Director, Austin Justice Coaltion
Austin Justice Coalition is a grassroots, activist-led organization addressing community needs, increasing political involvement, empowering communities, and driving criminal justice reform at the local level. AJC’s mission is to provide the tools for people of color and people who are marginalized to improve their lives by being the driving force behind their own liberation.
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Brandon Smith
Co-Founder and Director, The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program
FFRP coaches and supports participants through the process of transitioning from a fire camp firefighter to a full-time, paid member of California’s firefighting force post-incarceration. In its short time, FFRP has provided living wage job opportunities to more than 60 formerly incarcerated people, while building the talent pool of wildland firefighters.
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Syrita Steib-Martin
Executive Director, Operation Resoration
Operation Restoration supports women and girls impacted by incarceration to recognize their full potential, restore their lives, and discover new possibilities. At Operation Restoration, we believe that achieving successful reentry through a holistic approach gives women the confidence, faith, and wherewithal to achieve long-term success.
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Daniel Tapia
Co-Director, The First 72+
The First 72+ is rebuilding their community by assisting the men and women impacted by the criminal justice system. This is done by providing and connecting clients to resources essential to their growth and stability, from a hot meal and free clothing to mentorship, free legal services, housing assistance, job placement assistance, a small business incubator, and a safe place to come together to resolve problems.