THE LAST MILE
July 2018 Update
1. What has the Schox Philanthropy grant allowed you to do this quarter?
The last few months have been critical to the growth of The Last Mile. From new hires, expanded program locations, and enhancements to our curriculum, we have proven that we are able to address a crucial demographic in need of technical education opportunities, positioning TLM as the most requested in-prison program in the country. The Schox Philanthropy grant has been instrumental in allowing us to expand our team with qualified employees.
2. What’s going well? (ie: what, if any, big wins did you have this quarter)
During the past quarter, TLM has doubled our staff size to meet the growing demand for technical programming in prison. We have expanded from 3 to 7 locations over the last 12 months, with plans for 10 classrooms by the end of 2018. We launched our program in Indiana, our first prison program expansion beyond California, to pilot program efficacy in other geographies. The grand opening of a new tech center was held at San Quentin State Prison following a graduation ceremony for 15 coding program students. Over 250 guests were in attendance, making it the largest Demo Day to date. The new 20,000 square foot center, will be the flagship for The Last Mile expansion, adding three new classrooms for a total of four. The space will allow TLM to expand from 28 students to 112. More info TV, Print, additional photos.
3. What’s next? (where are you headed next quarter?)
Upon completion of the pilot in Indiana, our goal is to serve the over 25 states and countries currently on our waitlist to implement programming. By the end of next quarter, we will be in 10 facilities. We anticipate hiring at least 11 new employees over the course of the next year in the roles of Classroom Facilitators, Program Managers, Curriculum Director, System Engineer, Reentry Director, and Education Director to name a few.
4. Where do you need help? (ie: is there an ask you have of us or our members? for instance, trying to hire someone or find a certain type of partner)
Currently, we are hiring for various positions within our organization available here. Additionally, as we expand throughout the Midwest, we need reentry, community, and hiring partners that can help us bring a network of support for our returning citizens.
5. Are there any upcoming volunteer opportunities or special events that you want to share with our members?
We are always looking for engineers or technology professionals that can volunteer their time to visit one of our locations, whether working one on one with our students or conducting a guest lecture that is relevant to the expertise our students are leaving. If any of the members are interested, please have them email firstname.lastname@example.org