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Mission: Launch is a champion of inclusive workforces and holistic reentry planning. We relentlessly work to build more pathways to self-sufficiency for formerly incarcerated individuals. Through our LaunchPad program we address occupational licensing barriers to employment and entrepreneurship for returning citizens in the DC-Baltimore Metro region. 


 

We have hosted social justice hackathons (design days and data days) dedicated to building open source technology and community solutions under the "Rebuilding Reentry" brand. Additionally, we have convened a national dialogue series hosted with national leaders like Google and in 2015 we received a Challenge Prize from the U.S. Small Business Administration to create a small business accelerator, Launchpad. Our work and history is representative of our belief that every formerly incarcerated deserves a fair chance at starting over. 

Whether setting the vision for our organization, or working hard at the daily tasks these are the values that guide our decision-making :

Our Core Values

  • Extend an invitation to become an ally

  • Pursue the most equitable outcome

  • Expand access to entrepreneurship

  • Design solutions for the whole person

  • Give voice to the voiceless

Listen & Learn

TEDx MidAtlantic Salon EVE: Everyone Values Equality



We have made coming home from prison entirely too hard | Teresa Hodge, Mission: Launch Co-founder | TEDxMidAtlanticSalon

For you, why is it important that we rebuild the re-entry process?

Some of the top talent in this country exists within the returning citizen community. I believe the valuable human resources potential should be cultivated so that returning citizens are able to connect with organizations who can benefit from their skills and experience.

Charlotte Freeman
Management Consultant

We need to rebuild the re-entry process, because people need help rebuilding their lives and it is the right thing to do.

Greg Bloom: Open Referral Initiative

I train new software developers for job placement, so I know there are talented individuals and that we need to remove barriers that keep people from finding jobs that help them improve the lives of their neighbors.

Aliya Rahman: Social Justice Software Developer

As a community and legal advocate for re-entry citizens, I want to see a more direct route to self-sufficiency for those seeking to reestablish their life, reducing the collateral consequences associated with having a criminal record.

Shannon C. Redd : Esq. D.C. Re-entry Consultant/ Attorney

For me, going to prison was easy compared to coming home and that's ridiculous, re-entering society can't be harder than going to prison.

Ryan Ryskamp : Mission: Launch Fellow

Some of the top talent in this country exists within the returning citizen community. I believe the valuable human resources potential should be cultivated so that returning citizens are able to connect with organizations who can benefit from their skills and experience.

Charlotte Freeman
Management Consultant

I am a firm believer in restorative justice, community transformation and social innovation - it is critical that we rebuild the re-entry process for all three to occur 

Max Harper
Co-Founder Impact Hub DC

We need to rebuild the re-entry process, because people need help rebuilding their lives and it is the right thing to do.

Greg Bloom: Open Referral Initiative

I train new software developers for job placement, so I know there are talented individuals and that we need to remove barriers that keep people from finding jobs that help them improve the lives of their neighbors.

Aliya Rahman: Social Justice Software Developer

As a community and legal advocate for re-entry citizens, I believe a more direct route to self-sufficiency for those seeking to reestablish their life is key to reducing the collateral consequences associated with having a criminal record. 

Shannon C. Redd : Esq. D.C. Re-entry Consultant/ Attorney

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