After a visit in 2010 to San Quentin State Prison to speak to a group of men about entrepreneurship and business, Chris Redlitz began to nurture the idea of creating a Technology Accelerator inside the prison. He was impressed by the men’s knowledge of business and the desire to learn. With his background in venture capital, him and his wife and business partner, Beverly Parenti, agreed to immerse themselves into the issue of incarceration in America, and find a path to help resolve this daunting problem. Together the created The Last Mile (TLM).
Now they are seeking help to expand and provide more help to men and woman that are incarcerated. They believe that the success of The Last Mile can help promote policy changes and impact prison culture in a way that is productive both inside and upon reentry. They are accepting donations and guarantees online donations will be matched up to $1,000 by TLM partner Stand Together.
Sway Calloway is one of the advisors along with another Los Angles icon MC Hammer and they are looking for help in not only monetary donations but also technology. They want their Alumni to be able to walk out the gates and continue to work remotely by having a phone and laptop. In some cases, they may also need a wifi hotspot. The Last Mile will gladly accept any computer that is compatible with the manufacturer’s most recent OS. Our Ideal computer donation is an Apple or ChromeOS laptop.
You can learn more by clicking http://thelastmile.org/donate/
For a list of things to be donated check below
- For Apple computers, newer than: MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012), MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012, MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012).
- For ChromeOS: Any Chromebook that has not received its “final software update” notification.
- Phones: iPhone 6 and newer.
To Donate by Mail:
Donations can be made by check payable to Turn2U, Inc. and mailed to:
Turn 2 U Inc.
The Last Mile
44 Tehama St
San Francisco, CA 94105