October 2020 - As part of the Resilient Tulsa Strategy, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity (MORE) in partnership with Block Builderz launched its Ban the Box resource page today, which details how the City of Tulsa and area employers can best encourage and benefit from second-chance hiring efforts.
In addition, a second Sowing Hope Resource fair, which will be happening virtually this year, will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2020. The resource fair is targeted at those who have been involved in the justice system and are seeking resources. Participants will be able to connect with local agencies and programs, gain a better understanding of laws and policies that specifically affect their situations, learn more about education, employment, financial stability and fair housing, and discover additional ways to take care of their mental health during this pandemic. The Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity is partnering with Block Builderz to host this resource fair.
Interested individuals can sign up for the resource fair at http://bit.ly/HopeResourceFair.
“Here in Tulsa, we believe everyone should have an equal shot at a great life,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “I’m so thankful we are taking the steps to be able to help those involved in the justice system find gainful employment and to help educate employers and offer resources to them as they consider adding to Tulsa’s skilled workforce.”
The City’s Ban the Box resource page, which can be accessed at www.cityoftulsa.org/government/resilient-tulsa/ban-the-box, highlights what the City is doing to encourage second-chance hiring. Various second-chance-friendly employers are listed on the page, stories from those who have been given a second chance at employment are highlighted, and a list of FAQs that can be helpful to both potential employees and Tulsa employers can be found.
“These activities – developing a resource page, sharing success stories, and hosting a resource fair albeit virtually – are all part of our resilience efforts to provide hope and encouragement to Tulsans involved in the justice system and show that there are resources available and that the City of Tulsa wants them to succeed,” said Krystal Reyes, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Tulsa. “We hope these tools are helpful and encourage many other local organizations and businesses to Ban the Box and think of more ways to support individuals who are working hard for a second chance.”
“The City of Tulsa and the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity along with Block Builderz are hosting the second annual Sowing Hope Resource fair,” Block Builderz Founder D’Marria Monday said. “Justice-involved people experience barriers to higher education and higher rates of unemployment and homelessness. Our virtual resource fair aims to provide people with employment opportunities, connections to job training and educational programs, housing assistance, voter right’s education, self-care tips and more. Most importantly, people with municipal tickets are able to attend and receive work hour credits.”
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