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Social Change

Restored Citizen Summit

The Restored Citizen Summit brings formerly incarcerated individuals, their families, supported community members and service providers together to participate in workshops and presentations. The summit is designed to support and strengthen the drive to succeed and become Restored Citizens who give back and play a positive, active role within the community. The Summit features motivational guest speakers, informative workshops on a variety of topics and one-on-one referral opportunities. 2019 will mark our 8th year for this unique community event. Please join us in making this our best summit to date!

Annually, more than 200 formerly incarcerated individuals and more than 30 currently incarcerated individuals are able to take advantage of the information and resources provided at the Restored Citizen Summit. Workshops are held on topics such as lifting legal barriers to employment, fair housing, preparing for a job interview, continuing education, fatherhood/motherhood, healthcare options and entrepreneurship. Each year, we host a luncheon keynote speaker to motivate and inspire individuals with real-life stories dealing with topics of incarceration and transition back to society.

Past speakers include: Dr. Patrice Palmer of Chosen4Change and the Franklin County Homeland Security & Justice Program, Piper Kerman whose life experiences and memoir are the basis for the Netflix Original ‘Orange is the New Black’ and others. 10TV anchor Jerry Revish also presents an annual ‘Restoring Citizens’ award.

Social Change is a Silver level sponsor of this event and assists with the development and execution of a youth workshop.