U-Turn Permitted is NLEN’s four-week job readiness training program for men and women who have a felony background. If you do not have a felony, you qualify for NLEN’s U-Turn Permitted Express program.
In the last four decades, the number of incarcerated Americans has quadrupled. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 black men and 1 in 18 black women will be imprisoned at some point in their lives. In North Lawndale, it’s estimated that more than 50% of residents have a criminal record. As a response to mass incarceration, NLEN and North Lawndale community members designed U-Turn Permitted to cater to the community’s employment needs.
At the North Lawndale Employment Network, we believe in second chances and third chances; we believe your past should not be a barrier to your future; and we believe that only YOU have the power to turn your life around. We are committed to partnering with you on this journey until you have transformed yourself and achieved the vision you have established for yourself, your family, and your community.
U-Turn Permitted participants must:
We prefer participants to have a 6th-grade or higher reading level, but cases are considered individually.
To start your U-Turn, complete our pre-registration form at the bottom of this page or by clicking here.
In collaboration with professional staff, U-Turn Permitted trains you to advance in the working world. The primary purpose of U-Turn Permitted is to equip you with the skills to secure and retain employment and successfully reintegrate back into society. This program focuses not just on you, the worker, but you, the individual.
The figure below charts your path along your U-Turn.
Every graduate of U-Turn Permitted is instructed in:
This video was created by the Chicago Police Department from footage filmed during Building Bridges, Building Connections exchanges in 2013. The video has been incorporated into the CPD’s Education and Training Division’s Procedural Justice II training.
All U-Turn Permitted graduates receive the following:
Upon graduation, you will be eligible for a number of opportunities, including:
As a graduate of U-Turn Permitted, you will always have access to NLEN services. Remember NLEN as you advance professionally or enter times of employment transition.
We are proud of the success of our U-Turn Permitted Alumni. We encourage you to read the story of David Figueroa, a U-Turn Permitted graduate, business owner, and one of NLEN’s employer partners.
For more information, please contact Mark Sanders at 773-638-1806.