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Defy Ventures currently only works with men with felony convictions. However, we are aware that many women have had their career prospects affected by felony convictions as well. It is our long-term goal to develop a program to serve women in this situation as well. In the meantime, the following organization may be able to assist you:Greenhope Services for Women
Because Defy Ventures is focused on providing the skills and opportunities you need to build a long-term career after a felony conviction, clients need to have at least 90 days of “street” or post-release time before qualifying for the program. We suggest that you look to one of our partner organizations that specialize in supporting people immediately after their release from prison:The Fortune Society The Osborne Association The Center for Employment Opportunities The Center for Community Alternatives
We hope you will return to complete a Defy Ventures application after you have been home for at least 90 days.
Defy Ventures works with men who have had trouble finding a good job or starting a career because of a felony record. Because you do not have a felony conviction, you do not qualify to be a Defy Ventures client. However, there are a number of organizations that work with individuals who have had trouble finding good jobs or starting careers for other reasons. We recommend the following:Streetwise Partners America Works The Hope Program
Defy Ventures is not currently equipped to serve individuals who have been convicted of sexual offenses. However, it is our long-term goal to develop a program that can serve you.
Because Defy Ventures is designed for individuals who are ready to begin a long-term career, you must be at least 16 years old to participate. Please return to complete an application after your sixteenth birthday.
Becoming a Defy Ventures client requires a significant time commitment of up to 25 hours per week, in addition to any time commitments you might have to your current job, probation or parole requirements, or your family. Because of these time expectations, we cannot accept applicants who live more than one hour away from our current location.
Because Defy does not specialize in recovery services, we cannot accept applicants with an active drug habit. Please contact one of the following recovery service providers:Argus Community FEGS Exponents
Please return to complete a Defy Ventures application when you have made progress in your recovery and are not currently using.
Defy Ventures is open only to individuals who have a high school diploma or GED; applicants will be required to produce documentation. Please return to complete an application once you have earned your high school diploma or GED.
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You are eligible to apply for admission to Defy Ventures. To complete an application, please fill out the following personal information. You will then gain access to Defy Ventures’ program application, as well as an invitation to an in-person information session.