The Conservation Corps, Sacramento City College, and California Academy of Beauty and Cosmetology were just some of the vendors who handed out pamphlets and told kids how education could change their lives.
Darlene Furtado is with the Sacramento County Office of Education. She says incarceration actually provides an opportunity to reach kids who wouldn't get this information out on the streets, "We're trying to make sure the kids that get assessed and have interest get information, we start transition goals with them. We try to complete those goals with them. We try to get them information that can help them in the future."
For 15-year-old Tavyan and 17-year-old Robert, the job fair offered hope that they might be employable even with felonies in their past, "I mean, I thought it was a good idea to help people that had a felony a chance to learn …might have a second chance…get a chance to start over …start fresh, yeah."
Garrin Ingerson is with the County Probation Department and works at the facility. She says kids need good information to help recover from their poor decisions, "Even if it's just one, it's giving them the resources that they need to change their life and change the environment that they live in."
The maximum security inmates were not allowed to attend the job fair, but the county said it would deliver information to anyone who asked for it. A dozen schools, businesses and government agencies took part in the fair.