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Enhanced Employment Initiative (EEI)

Program Overview

Enhanced Employment Initiative (EEI) advances education and employment opportunities for individuals involved in the criminal justice system.


Clients Served Last Year:


Funding Generously Provided by:

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and private donations.

Crandle (Hope), Cyre

Cyre’ Hope, MPA, GCDF
Program Director

Shereen Goodson; Program Director for Mission Employment

Shereen Goodson
Program Director

Contact Information:

New York City

175 Remsen Street, 5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 237-9404 x247


175 Fulton Avenue, Suite 400
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 489-8101 x184 or x128

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Program Description

The Problem:

Due to the stigma associated with the criminal justice system, individuals with a pending charge or criminal background have difficulty finding employment.

Our Solution:

Provide job readiness, employment placement, and other transitional services to TASC participants in order to help clients become productive, self-sufficient members of the community.

How We Do it:

In a collaborative effort with EAC Criminal Justice programs, the courts, the District Attorney’s Office, treatment providers, and various community-based organizations, EEI offers clients with job preparation, employment placement, individual career counseling, referrals to education programs, and specific services including:

  • individual career counseling
  • skills, abilities, and interest testing
  • “Ready Set Work” employment and resume workshops
  • referrals to appropriate VESID or HRA-sponsored job training programs
  • referrals to GED, basic education, ESL, or ESOL schools
  • intensive job development
  • direct job placement
  • special accommodation negotiation
  • appropriate interview attire
  • Moral Reconation Therapy
  • help to apply for a Certificate of Relief from disability or good conduct
  • help to obtain a rap sheet
  • help resolving child support and payment issues

In order to be eligible, clients must have current involvement in the Criminal Justice System, be referred by their current advisor within the criminal justice system (Case Manager, Probation Officer, Parole Officer, etc.), score medium to high based on the COMPAS Risk Assessment, compliant with all legal requirements, motivated to work, and willing to take the steps towards independence.

How You Can Help:

To support Enhanced Employment Initiative with a gift, click here or call (516) 539-0150 x117.


The Outcomes of Enhanced Employment Initiative

EEI consistently serves around 450-500 people annually and provides clients and their families with financial security and independence. Recent highlights include:

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272 new enrollments

135 successfully graduated and met employment goals


100 newly employed

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116 completed Moral Reconation Therapy job readiness

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160 completed 10 modules of Ready Set Work

What People Say About Enhanced Employment Initiative

The journey I took to find employment seemed to be a long one. As days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months my emotions began to show. I looked back at my past and saw how drug addiction and negative behavior had destroyed my life. Now deep in my mind I know that I must use my consequential thinking 24 hours a day and 365 days a year as I strive for my recovery. Everyone at EEI never gave up on me – even when I had given up on myself. For that I will always be forever grateful.

Enhanced Employment Initiative Client

Special Thanks