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The Colorful Background/EXPO Graduation

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The Colorful Background/EXPO Graduates

The Colorful Background/EXPO Graduates

The Colorful Background/EXPO program is a 12-week cohort designed for individuals with prior convictions. The program includes a family component to ensure everyone is involved in the growth process. The cohort consists of resume/cover letter writing, anger management, computer skills, mental health, housing, credit repair, and banking, among other topics. Upon completion, participants will receive their certification at a graduation ceremony, with gas cards and bus passes provided.

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Pittsburgh Mennonite Church
May 24, 2022 at 6pm


Master of Ceremonies: Rev. Dave Swanson
Welcoming & Opening Prayer: Rev. Richard Freeman
Dinner Catered by: Terri Berriez Sweet Boutique & Cafe
Introduction of Speaker: Terri Minor Spencer
Guest Speaker: Ricky Lee Olds
Graduation Presentation: Rev. Dave Swanson
Closing Remarks & Thanks: Terri Minor Spencer & Minister Ella Scales

Guest Speaker Bio

Ricky Lee Olds

Wrongfully convicted of murder was sentenced to life without parole, served over 37 years. Motivational speaker and community educator. Ricky has a BA University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Research Assistant Applied and Public Sociology Masters Degree Program from Duquesne University. Executive Director House of Life Pittsburgh.

Here are pics of the graduates of our first cohort of The Colorful Background/EXPO,(Expo –ex incarcerated people organizing).

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