Mayor Garcetti Launches Education Toolkit for Formerly Incarcerated Angelenos
JUNE 22, 2018, LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched the My Education, My Freedom tool to help formerly incarcerated individuals pursue educational opportunities in California.
“Los Angeles is a city of opportunity and second chances,” said Mayor Garcetti. “An education is one of the most powerful tools to help women and men turn a new page after incarceration, decrease recidivism rates, and create lasting change in people’s lives.”
My Education, My Freedom helps students develop individualized plans by providing a comprehensive overview of educational options, tips on how to enroll in school, and steps students can take to access financial aid as they pursue advanced certifications and degrees to further their careers. The toolkit is the result of a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Reentry, Root & Rebound — a reentry advocacy center — and Five Keys Schools and Programs, a non-profit education management group.
“We at Root & Rebound are delighted to be an author of the My Education, My Freedom toolkit and are deeply grateful to our partners at the L.A. Mayor’s Office, Five Keys Schools and Programs, and our critical allies, including formerly incarcerated students and activists, advocates, and educators who have invested significant time, resources, and shared their personal experiences, all to make this resource a reality,” said Katherine Katcher, Root & Rebound Founder and Executive Director. “We believe this toolkit is a critical, powerful tool for people who have records and are seeking to rebuild their lives.”