FRANKFORT, Ky. — As part of their ongoing efforts to strengthen and grow Kentucky’s workforce through fair chance hiring, the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Workforce Recovery Program is opening applications for its third cohort of the Fair Chance Academy. Employers can apply until May 8, with programming starting in June 2023.
The Fair Chance Academy launched last year to provide businesses and employers with training, information, and resources to foster transformational employment opportunities for individuals recovering from substance use disorders and those returning from the criminal justice system ready to re-enter the workforce.
“Through the Fair Chance Academy, employers can learn how to hire and retain individuals from an untapped talent pool filled with Kentuckians looking for an opportunity to work,” said LaKisha Miller, Executive Director of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Workforce Center. “This program not only teaches business leaders the best ways to hire from this population but also continuously supports them on their journey to becoming transformational employers. We encourage businesses of all sizes and industries to apply for this unique program.”
The Kentucky Chamber Foundation will select 25 businesses to be part of the Fair Chance Academy’s three cohorts in 2023. Employers will participate in three full-day training workshops at the Kentucky Chamber headquarters in Frankfort on the following dates:
- Thursday, June 8, 2023
- Thursday, June 15, 2023
- Thursday, June 22, 2023 – graduation
Participants will take what they learn from the program and work directly with the Kentucky Chamber Foundation to implement actionable steps within their businesses to become fair chance employers, including building fair chance pipelines with local recovery centers and justice systems.
The Fair Chance Academy is part of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Transformational Employment Program, launched in 2020. It provides a pathway for employers to help more Kentuckians reach long-term recovery from substance use disorders while supporting fair chance employment. 149 Kentucky employers have signed up to date, impacting more than 50,000 employees.
Now through May 8, 2023, businesses can apply to participate in the Fair Chance Academy. The application can be found online at kentuckycomeback.com/fairchanceacademy.
To learn more about the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s efforts and initiatives to address the substance use disorder crisis, visit kychamber.com/workforcerecovery.