Talent is Everywhere. Opportunity is Not.

In 2018, Next Chapter was established in partnership with Slack, the leading channel-based messaging platform, to create pathways for formerly incarcerated individuals to obtain gainful employment in the technology sector. In our original pilot, three formerly incarcerated individuals went through an eight month engineering apprenticeship program at Slack. After the conclusion of the program, the three apprentices were interviewed and hired by Slack as full time engineers. Next Chapter has begun helping to break down the stigma surrounding those with a criminal record- effectively creating new workforce opportunities for the reentry community.

How Next Chapter Works


Next Chapter sources candidates from community, non-profit, and education partners. Candidates are selected through a six-step rigorous interview process.


After candidates are selected, apprentices receive a stipend and scholarship to attend the software engineering immersion program at Hack Reactor.

Real-World Onsite Experience

After successful completion of Hack Reactor, candidates are placed with their host company for an onsite engineering apprenticeship.

Cultural Onboarding

Next Chapter staff supports individual apprentices through mentorship and reentry services. Next Chapter also supports host companies to ensure departments are equipped to support individuals returning from incarceration.

Become a Next Chapter Employer

Next Partner partners with a number of top-tier tech companies.  Learn more about partnership requirements.

In the News:

Slack For Good

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The Atlantic

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Slack For Good

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