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Mission: Launch supports individuals living with records and amplifies the voices of families impacted by mass incarceration.
To achieve our mission, we use a holistic and multi-thronged approach: financial literacy, inclusive entrepreneurship and community engagement.
Having a record can be a lifetime lock into poverty, it is critically important to help individuals with records become financially healthy. For this reason we provide financial literacy programming to individuals with records, and we are focused on establishing strong banking relationships as a building block towards economic security.
Necessity entrepreneurship is often the most viable pathway to earning a livable wage with a record. We advocate for access to capital and offer business and leadership resources that make self-employment a reality. Presently our accelerator, LaunchPad, is not accepting applicants. We are excited to be incubating R3 Score, which is a software solution for bankers and decision makers that unlocks credit as well as access to jobs.
As more-and-more people become aware of the structural barriers to living with a record it is important for allies to work together on a shared agenda. We partner with national industry leaders to host open-to-the-public and closed door convenings. This work establishes a deeper understanding to the needs (issue competency), local partnership development and strategic collaborations.
EcoMap Baltimore is here to help entrepreneurs find the resources they need to build startups, small businesses, and nonprofits in their communities.