Utilize the newly enacted Fair Chance Act to combat employment discrimination against youth in New York City, educate businesses and youth of the Act’s impact, and monitor the Act’s implementation.
Eric is the right person for the project because:
• Eric previously interned and worked with his host organization, Youth Represent, on a bridge fellowship after law school, with a focus on criminal record-based employment discrimination
• Eric has over a decade’s worth of experience working on the frontlines for racial and economic justice
• Eric enrolled in law school to fight the collateral consequences of mass incarceration
In the first six months, Eric will: • Publicize the project and study the Fair Chance Act’s impact since implementation • Educate 30 youth who have criminal records about the Fair Chance Act, monitor their progress, and identify issues. Eric will help them prepare to discuss their records at job interviews.
• Facilitate 4 staff trainings for workforce development programs who work with young people about the Fair Chance Act
• Develop educational materials to educate job applicants and business owners of their rights
• Begin pursuing litigation on behalf of clients to enforce their rights under the Fair Chance Act