About the Program

The Community Legacy Resource Collective (CLRC) Fellowship Program is an ICJIA R3 grant program built to raise awareness about the compounding inequities justice impacted citizens face due to the War on Drugs and mass incarceration. This program consists of three cohorts, each cohort having twenty Fellowship participants, or Fellows. Each Fellow will complete the twelve week paid fellowship consisting of:

  • Asynchronous Cannabis Education (Scholarship Worth $1100) with Loaner Laptops Provided
  • Professional Development & Job Readiness Training
  • Health & Wellness Self Advocacy Training
  • Know Your Rights & Community Advocacy Training
  • Expungement & Legal Aid
  • Mental Health & Wellness Programming
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Case Management
  • Networking Events
  • Job Fairs

The Legacy Fellows that remain actively engaged in participation during the twelve weeks will receive monthly stipends of $1800 to help with childcare, commuting, and other responsibilities incurred during the length of the program. This program requires 100% active participation and as such, this paid fellowship model will encourage such participation and engagement.

The second portion of the Community Legacy Resource Collective consists of reentry services for participants inside the justice system and those transitioning out. These grant participants will receive the following services:

  • CEO of Your New Life at Kewanee, Pontiac and Logan Prisons
    A 6-to 9-month robust curriculum which includes intensive course work, innovative events with executive volunteers, mentorship and coaching, and the creation of deliverables including a resume, personal statement, and business concept plan. CEO YNL culminates in a Shark Tank-style pitch competition and graduation, after which participants earn a certificate of completion and Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Once released, alumni receive continued reentry support, in the form of job placement, mentorship, business incubation, and wrap-around service referrals.
  • Post release support workshops
  • Post release Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
  • Access to any concurrent cohorts of CLRC

Eligibility Requirements :

  • (For Defy Bootcamp specifically, eligibility includes reentry stability as well as interest in starting a business, in addition to criteria referenced below)
  • Be 21+
  • Be justice impacted, preference to cannabis related convictions
  • Reside, work or been directly justice impacted in the area of Cook - Chicago Southern
    Ashburn, Auburn Gresham, Avalon Park, Brighton Park, Burnside , Calumet Heights , Chatham, Chicago Lawn, Douglas East Side, Englewood , Fuller Park, Gage Park, Grand Boulevard, Gr. Grand Crossing, Kenwood, McKinley Park, Morgan Park, New City, Oakland, Pullman , Riverdale, Roseland , South Chicago, South Deering, South Shore, Washington Heights, Washington Park, West Englewood, West Pullman, and Woodlawn.

Application Form

Community Legacy Resource Collective Application
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Employer Partner Interest Form

Community Legacy Resource Collective Employer Partner Interest Form
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