We’re raising $25K to provide career opportunities in the fashion industry to women impacted by the criminal legal system.
When women arrive to the Women’s Prison Association (WPA), 91% are unemployed and 46% have never held legal employment. Women impacted by the criminal legal system have a desire to work, but face systemic barriers such as stigma and racism. Most women in prison are not a threat to public safety and have a history of trauma, addiction, and/or mental illness. The number of women in prison or jail in the U.S. has increased by 832% over the last three decades and 85% of women are sent to New York prisons for non-violent offenses. Women experience more poverty, lower employment rates and have fewer safe housing options than men immediately after incarceration. With nearly 175 years of experience, the Women’s Prison Association is the leading non-profit providing alternative to incarceration programs to women impacted by the criminal legal system.
LULAH’s 12-week, state-of-the-art training program will be led by industry experts, Darrin Brouhard and Mia Wright-Ross, who contribute their talent to brands like Shinola and Tibi, as well as institutions like College for Creative Studies and Parsons School of Design. The LULAH FUND will allow six WPA trainees to access vital resources that are needed to train. This includes funding for our handbook, tools, supplies, expert talent, and industrial manufacturing space located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Upon graduating, WPA trainees will have the opportunity to work for LULAH to produce our first handbag collection, slated to launch in Fall 2019.
All trainees will receive a stipend throughout the 12 weeks thanks to a grant provided to WPA’s workforce development program by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. Explore below to learn more about our needs and your rewards. LULAH is a for-profit social enterprise. Donations are not tax-deductible. For each investment, LULAH offers an exciting reward.
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