Osborne Welcomes Two New Board Members

Osborne Welcomes Two New Board Members

11 Jul 2018

The Osborne Association– a New York-based policy advocacy and direct-service organization dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system – welcomed 20-year New York Times reporter Esther Fein and L+M Development Partners Vice President of Community Affairs Yasmin Cornelius to its Board of Directors this month. Both new members share a deep-seated commitment to enacting meaningful and humane criminal justice reform and offer the organization extensive experience in public service, community development and media relations to further Osborne’s mission. 

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Arzu Yetim Gives Back

Arzu Yetim Gives Back

On a sunny, breezy June day in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Kensington, Arzu Yetim took a break to speak with me at a Dunkin Donuts near her construction worksite.

After five years in New York state prisons, Arzu Yetim entered a work release program at Edgecombe Correctional Facility. She was committed to returning and staying home, and to do so needed to find and keep a job. She started attending Osborne’s workforce program, at that time called Training to Work. An eager and focused participant from her first day, she repeatedly asked her career coach, Jenny Santiago, about finding a job on a construction site - specifically, as a flagger.

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The Promise of Work

The Promise of Work

The goal of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio's  "Jails to Jobs" initiative is to ensure that all people leaving city jails have guaranteed short term employment. Access to employment is crucial for successful reentry - while at the same time being exceedingly difficult for the formerly incarcerated to procure. Osborne has been part of this initiative since it began this year.  

 

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