BALTIMORE, MD December 7, 2017

Mission: Launch is pleased to announce that our co-founder, Teresa Hodge, was accepted into the first "Unlocked Futures" cohort. This cohort is presented in partnership with Grammy winner and activist John Legend’s FREEAMERICA and New Profit, which provides capacity building funding and support to formerly incarcerated individuals operating mission-driven organizations.

FULL VIDEO: Watch the full Unlocked Futures announcement and a panel discussion on criminal justice reform here.

The initiative is being launched through a $500,000 leadership grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and will be led by New Profit Managing Partner Tulaine Montgomery. The first year-long cohort will include approximately eight social entrepreneurs currently operating innovative, promising organizations. Each participant will receive a one-time unrestricted grant and professional coaching from New Profit, designed to help support the growth and impact of each organization. New Profit has developed its core expertise in nonprofit capacity building through over 20 years of supporting and partnering with groundbreaking organizations like Teach For America, KIPP, Year Up, Acelero Learning, Health Leads, Roca Inc., and dozens of others.

"It is an honor to be accepted into this cohort and I look forward to connecting with my fellow directly impacted leaders", said Teresa Hodge, Co-founder of Mission: Launch. In addition to funding and strategic support, social entrepreneurs involved in the initiative will benefit from the resources and become key voices in FREEAMERICA, a multi-year culture campaign to change the national conversation about our country’s misguided policies and transform the criminal justice system.

For more information, Contact LAURIN LEONARD, 202-449-4677,

About Mission: Launch, Inc.

Tagline: Technology for social good. Impact through coalition. Stories igniting empathy.

Vision: We envision an America that restores equity and creates sustainable opportunities for fresh starts so that citizens facing barriers due to an arrest and/or conviction record can live out their full potential by rejoining society and contributing in meaningful ways.  

Mission: Accelerate self-sufficiency for Americans facing discrimination due to criminal justice system connections.

Issue Focus: Poverty alleviation, workforce/economic development for disadvantaged individuals due to criminal justice system connections