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Can A New Rule Change By The Small Business Administration Give Formerly Incarcerated Citizens A Chance At Entrepreneurship?

Vice President Kamala Harris has unveiled significant changes to entrepreneurship pathways for formerly incarcerated individuals.

Jan 31, 2024

This Black Teen Developed an App to Help Incarcerated Parents Stay Connected to Their Kids

When one family member becomes incarcerated, the entire family suffers the collateral consequences . Of them all, exorbitant prices for limited communication and the inability to make in-person visits take one of the worse tolls. Due to their personal experience with the unjust and oppressive prison system, teen-aged Jay’Aina “Jay Jay” Patton and her father Antoine, an ex-prisoner, developed Photo Patch , a program and mobile app that connects imprisoned parents to their children. According to Teen Vogue , Antoine, who learned to code in prison, was released in 2014 and built Photo Patch Foundation, a website where kids could write letters and upload photos without unreasonable charges. Later, to avoid sending the materials through snail mail, Jay Jay developed a mobile app version for easier, faster access. “Everybody’s on their phone. It’s way easier for them to take a picture and type a letter right there,” she told Teen Vogue. “My dad said I should try it.” Since the app’s...

May 13, 2020