Episode 35

The Prison Post #35, Kyara Banks, Ready for Life Associate

Published on: 5th August, 2021

Welcome to The Prison Post Podcast! Episode 35 features a conversation with CROP Organization's youngest Ready for Life Associate, Kyara Banks aka "Kee B". Kee is a formerly incarcerated youth from Oakland, CA. She is now 22 years old and is committed to her own personal transformation. She is determined to stop people from entering the justice system and to be a part of the process of dismantling the incarceration system. She has experienced the the societal challenges of being formerly having experienced homelessness and being turned away from jobs because of her background. Her dream is to have a great career in tech that will allow her to help her family and have the ability to meet her long-term goals. Watch and listen to her story and be inspired.

CROP Organization envisions a society that invests in people over punishment. CROP's purpose is to transform lives and heal communities by creating integrated pathways to economic mobility, personal leadership, and civil engagement.

Creating Restorative Opportunities and Programs signature Ready for Life program provides: Three months of Leadership Development provided by CROP, Financial Literacy provided by Beneficial State Bank, and IC3 Digital Literacy Certification training, professional workplace skills provided by Linked In Learning. CROP also provides three months of inbound and outbound sales representative career training in business to business sales in tech. We have partnered with Climb Hire, Code Tenderloin, and Checkr, Inc. 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. We want to thank Oracle and Dell Technologies for their strong support now and in the future.

Please donate to support the training in tech for our Ready for Life Program Associates by texting CROP on 91999 or clicking this text to give link https://igfn.us/form/2OZxqw

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The Prison Post
Transforming Lives and Healing Communities by Reimagining Reentry
The Prison Post is a podcast interviewing leaders in the criminal justice reform, restorative justice, and social justice movements. In addition, we share the transformational stories of the currently and formerly incarcerated and highlight what CROP Organization is doing by reimagining reentry for returning citizens.
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Richard Mireles

With a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management from California Coast University, Richard is a dynamic public speaker and expert communicator with Advanced Leadership and Communication certifications with the world recognized Toastmasters International. Having spent over 21 years inside of CDCR, Richard made abundant contributions as a cofounder of the Inside Solutions think-tank and lead intern for the CROP Organization’s programs offered within institutions. An inspiring leader and powerful orator with over 35 transformational coaching seminars and workshops, Richard possesses the uncanny ability to capture a room's attention while conveying impactful messages to any audience. He has an advanced certification as an Alcohol and Other Drug counselor (receiving a certificate of recognition from the California State Senate for his contributions to the recovery community) and was the only known incarcerated person to earn the status of associate trainer for John Maxwell’s EQUIP Leadership and its Million Leader Mandate.