In The Prison Post #31 we continue a series of conversations with #CROPOrganization's Ready for Life Associates. We want to welcome Jesse Lee Foshay on our podcast. He is a committed Associate in CROP's Virtual Training Program and we're honored to have him share his life journey and reentry experiences on The Prison Post.
By day Jesse, is a Housing Specialist for Abode Services in the San Francisco Bay Area. By night, he's a Ready for Life Associate from 5:30-9:30 PM PT. He’s also an aspiring artist and father of 2 beautiful boys. He lives and works in San Francisco and it’s his goal to help house as many homeless individuals and families possible. As Jesse says, "Everyone deserves a place to call home." He has a heart for the marginalized and hurting people of this world and is making an impact and equipping himself in Ready for Life to make an even bigger dent in the world of social justice.
Creating Restorative Opportunities and Programs' (CROP) Ready for Life Program provides: Three months of Leadership Development provided by CROP, Financial Literacy provided by Beneficial State Bank, and IC3 Digital Literacy training provided by Linked In. CROP also provides three months of career training in Business to Business Sales in Tech. We have partnered with Code Tenderloin and Checkr to provide this training and employment opportunities upon graduation. CROP Organization provides a $1,000 monthly stipend to our Associates as they go through our six month program.
In this episode, Jesse shares stories from his personal life growing up in the foster care system, the breakdown in that system, the choices that led to his incarceration, the challenges of being justice involved, and his experience after nearly two months in CROP Organization's program. Jesse talks about his experience of the digital literacy aspect of the program where he is at the head of the class. He shares how the community we are creating has become a great support system and positive environment for him to thrive in. In short, Jesse shares the raw about his childhood in the foster care system, being in the revolving cycle in the carceral system, changing his life and juggling fatherhood, career, and building a future worth having for his sons. He is truly a tremendous person. We appreciate Jesse's efforts as he is the first person to arrive to class on a daily basis. We encourage him to keep striving for his future worth having!
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