Scholarship fund hopes to help transition from jail to society

Source: MGN Online
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A $12,000 goal for 2018 has been established for a new scholarship/educational fund to assist currently or formerly incarcerated people of color in the La Crosse community transition from jail to society.

The scholarship/educational fund is a partnership between the local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) and the Western Foundation at Western Technical College.

Those with the foundation say the SURJ Endowment will help remove financial barriers for people of color who have been incarcerated as they transition to the community by helping provide educational and vocational opportunities.

Of the $12,000 raised in 2018, $10,000 will create a fully endowed fund that will be self-sustaining, generating monies annually beginning in 2020.

Funds will be directed to Project Proven, a re-entry program at Western.Project Proven works in the La Crosse County Jail and on the Western Technical College campus to assist currently and formerly incarcerated individuals with obtaining the GED, transitioning to college-level programming, and /or gaining or improving upon skills to assist in obtaining employment such as filling out applications, interviewing, resume development, job search, and networking.

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