John completed our 18-month program and became our third graduate on April 2nd of this year. We are pleased to report that John was hired by CIM. During his 18 months with Rise Up Industries, John has been very involved with giving back and assisting others.

Their volunteer work included:
* Serving at Father Joe’s Villages soup kitchen
* Speaking regularly with Justice Involved Youth at the Salvation Army on Thursday nights
*Speaking at monarch School
* Leading efforts to create a local Criminal and Gang Member Anonymous (CGA) program

Joe Tapia will complete his 18 month program and become our fourth graduate on May 2nd of this year. he had an early celebration.

Additionally, John Villa and Joe Tapia are both authors of the recently published book “Writing after Life”


Since February 2018, Leslie Willis has been volunteering weekly at Rise Up Industries.

Together, the members of Rise Up and Leslie created a program called “Writing After Life” as a space to share our stories with each other and the community. This program quickly became the focus of her Master of Arts in Social Innovation capstone project. They are currently in the final stages of writing a book of some of their stories from life before, during, and after incarceration.

We are beyond excited. The books have arrived and are ready to be sent to you, our supporters!

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