Our Model

Reducing Recidivism | Increasing Employment

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. We provide people returning from prison immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide supplemental indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services to more than 40 customers across the U.S.

CEO guarantees every participant who completes a one-week job-readiness orientation up to four days a week of transitional work on a crew and daily pay – a critical asset during an important time.

In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides a robust set of wraparound vocational support services: on days participants are not working, they receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once participants find full-time positions, CEO continues working with them for a year to ensure they have the support they need to grow in their careers.


Enrollments each year


Participants working daily


Transitional work crews operating in cities across the country

Job-Readiness Training

CEO’s program begins with a weeklong class, Pathway to Employment (P2E), which prepares individuals to enter or reenter the workforce. These interactive sessions cover crucial workplace practices and explore the connections between thoughts, feelings, and actions. During the week, CEO staff also assist each participant in assembling all documents necessary for employment and ensure eligibility for benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Transitional Employment

Participants graduate from P2E and immediately begin paid transitional work. Crews provide services for CEO partners that include state and local governments and community-based organizations. Participants work four days per week on transitional work crews and receive on-the-job training and coaching from their site supervisors. At the end of every shift, participants are paid and given feedback using CEO’s digital assessment tool, Passport to Success (PTS). Participants generally spend two to four months on a CEO crew before securing unsubsidized employment.

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Job Coaching & Placement

CEO participants receive a full suite of vocational services while working on a transitional work crew to help them become Job-Start Ready. Each participant is matched with a job coach who assists them with mock interviews, creates resumes, provides guidance throughout the job search process, and refers them to additional support services. Once Job-Start Ready, a CEO business account manager refers CEO participants to employers for interviews based on employer needs and the participants' skills identified during assessments with job coaches.

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Retention Services

Once a participant finds a job, they begin receiving personalized job-retention services from CEO staff including workplace counseling, crisis management, and career planning. With this continuity of services, CEO aims to support participants in establishing a long-term connection to the labor force. Additionally, CEO offers Rapid Rewards, monthly bonuses that incentivize individuals who meet progressive employment retention milestones.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 ( TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.