Sonya Harrison helps get Maryland residents back to work after incarceration. Here’s how she does it.

As the lead job coach for Maryland New Directions, Sonya Harrison enjoys mentoring clients and hearing about their successes.

New Directions is a Baltimore-based workforce development nonprofit whose participants are predominantly low income and Black, serving about 350 people a year. The organization offers free certifications in areas including commercial transportation; career focus, which allows graduates to work in hospitality; and maritime, transportation, distribution and logistics, which allows graduates to work in warehouses. Other topics covered include mock interviews and how to have a professional social media presence.

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