Technology is our key
Together we decode the future

Our Focus

We imagine a world where tech literacy, education, skills-based training, and employment opportunities are free and available to communities impacted by mass incarceration

Emergent Works fights to end mass incarceration through both technical education and movement technical support. Our unique holistic and trauma-informed approach offers a comprehensive blend of technical education, skills training, one-on-one mentorship, and employment opportunities to individuals who have been impacted by the criminal legal system. We additionally are also committed to creating tech solutions that serve organizations working to end mass incarceration.

Ready to make a difference? Our Spring 1:1 Digital Literacy Mentorship cohort begins February 26th and we are still seeking volunteer mentors to help us make a profound change in the lives of returning citizens!

Mentorship Program participants

Why We Do This Work

Average U.S recidivism rate44%
Formerly-incarcerated employment rate40%
Formerly-incarcerated annual income+$10K
EW Alumni recidivism rate0%
EW Alumni employment rate74%
Employed EW Alumni annual income+$45K

Our Solution

Technical Programs

Innovative Technical Education
and Mentorship
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Building Products

Movement Technical Solutions
for Mission-Aligned Organizations
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What Our Mentees Say

Makeda, an EW mentee

Emergent Works is the biggest reason
I was able to see this through

When I was finally released from my 9.5 year prison sentence, many employers would not hire me. I knew I wanted to become a software engineer but I needed extra help. The dedication, time, resources, equipment, emotional support and financial support from Emergent Works is the biggest reason I was able to see this through. Today I can proudly say I am a thriving Software Engineer.

- Makeda, EW 2021 Cohort

Unlock Futures With Us

Your contribution makes the world of a difference for our incredible community! Join our movement today and support our mission by donating, mentoring in our program or partnering with us!

Our Community Partners