The Promise is investing in strategies to remove barriers to employment. Through the Jobs and Opportunity Challenge, we’re partnering with trusted community organizations to expand outreach, run record clearing clinics, and leverage key learnings.
The legal services organizations facilitating the clinics include Community Legal Services (CLS), Defender Association​​ and Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE).
Community Event Partners
ACANA
Beyond Literacy​
CEIBA
Compassion CDC
Community College of Philadelphia Foundation
Eastern North Philadelphia Workforce Development Corp
EMIR
Institute for Community Justice
JEVS​
New Kensington CDC
NOMO Foundation​
Philadelphia Bail Fund​
Revolutionary Vision​
Southwest CDC​
The Elevation Project​
The Reawakening Agency​
Uplift Solutions​
Urban League of Philadelphia

Why this matters

Record Clearing is important to the workforce. Incarceration is shown to limit opportunity and depress hourly wages by approximately 11% and annual earnings by 40%.

For more than 400,000 Philadelphians with a conviction, their record is preventing their ability to provide for themselves and their families. Studies have shown that within one year of a person getting their record sealed, their wages go up by over 22% primarily from new employment opportunities.

A conviction should not be a life sentence to poverty.

The Promise is investing in strategies to remove barriers to employment.
400K
Philadelphians have an arrest and conviction record
91%
of people returning from prison come back to low-income neighborhood
3
Legal Services Organizations selected
Each receiving a grant between $200K to $400K
18
Community-Based Organizations selected
Each receiving a grant between $35K to $55K