Fellowship Place Panel Discussion: Barriers of Finding Employment when you have a Criminal Record

Fellowship Place hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday March 29, to discuss the barriers of finding employment when you have a criminal record, and strategies for overcoming those barriers. About 125 people attended and contributed to the discussion, which included employment rights, resources available to ex-offenders, as well as how to discuss a criminal record with an employer.  The panel was moderated by Clifton Graves, Project Fresh Start, City of New Haven.  Panel members included:

  • Timothy Lyles, Employer, Regional Sales Manager, Avagrow International
  • Trevor Johnson, Certificate of Employability Coordinator and Adult Probation Regional Manager
  • Dwight Dickerson, Owner, Tri-Cord, LLC
  • Two individuals with a criminal record, who are stably employed
  • Kirk Lowry, Legal Director, Connecticut Legal Rights Project

     

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    From left to right: Kirk Lowry, Novem Alston, Dwight Dickerson, Trevor Johnson, Timothy Lyles, and Clifton Graves. 

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