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 pioneers solutions to combat mass incarceration by empowering black and brown individuals with technical education and skills-based training. Led by Executive Director Army Armstead, a former mentee and graduate of the program, we bridge the technology and education gap through innovative programs like 1:1 Virtual Mentorship and Bigger Than The Block youth initiative. Our impact extends beyond skill-building; we develop groundbreaking apps like the Bail Fund App, addressing systemic issues. Our approach, blending mentorship and industry-leading workshops, creates pathways to success for marginalized communities, making us a catalyst for change in the fight against mass incarceration.

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!

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