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“This is Way Bigger than Me”: Connections to Success’ Damion Alexander Reflects on His Visit to Capitol Hill

By Caitlin Schnur, Workforce Research and Policy Fellow, NTJN

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At the end of February, staff and program participants from Connections to Success joined the National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN) in Washington, D.C., to support our B.MORE Initiative in opening doors to employment and economic advancement for low-income black men.  Together, we made the rounds on Capitol Hill, speaking to delegates from Missouri and Kansas about how Connections to Success helps individuals with barriers to employment, including many African American men returning home from incarceration, transform their lives and achieve economic self-sufficiency. 

Damion Alexander, a Life Transformation Coach and Trainer at Connections to Success, played a central role in showing members of Congress how important it is for them to champion policies and programs that advance economic opportunity and strengthen families by helping low-income black men succeed in employment.

In this interview, Damion—who was on his first trip to D.C.—discusses the impact of his time on Capitol Hill; makes a policy pitch for reducing state-owed child support debts; and shares why he made a special stop at the Lincoln Memorial while exploring the city.

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TJ Program Spotlight: Connections to Success

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Connections to Success (CtS) is a Missouri-based transitional jobs program with locations in St. Louis, St. Charles, and Kansas City Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas that uses a holistic model to provide adults and families in crisis the tools that enable them to overcome life-scarring experiences, leave the trappings of poverty, properly care for their children, and enter the workforce with pride and skill.  CtS was a recipient of a Department of Health and Human Services Responsible Fatherhood Grant to provide services that help fathers learn about responsible parenting. NTJN recently reached out to CtS to ask them how this grant has impacted their work and how TJ has helped their community. Here’s what they shared with us:

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