City Startup Labs Helps Ex-Cons to Become Entrepreneurs
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

black men at computerLast year, Henry Rock launched City Startup Labs, Inc., a non-profit on a mission to create more young black business owners within America’s inner cities.

Rock claims it’s more important to teach ex-cons entrepreneurial skills rather than job-seeking skills. He targets not only ex-offenders, but also former gang members and others “on the margins.” On the organization’s website, it states their goal is to create 1000 new entrepreneurs - 100 per city in 10 cities.

In a recent essay in the Christian Science Monitor, Rock writes:

Today’s economic climate allows employers their pick of candidates, leaving few options for anyone with a record. Young black men, who’ve had no brushes with the law, still routinely face real barriers in getting on a job ladder’s lowest rung.

Read more at the Christian Science Monitor.

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Makkada B. Selah is a journalist based in New York City.


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