How has TLM positively impacted your life? - Jen Browning
Jennifer Browning was a student in the first cohort in Indiana at the Indiana Women’s Prison. Upon release, she enrolled in the Full-Stack Software Engineering program at Kenzie Academy in Indianapolis. She graduated with a Full-Stack Engineering Certification from Kenzie and worked in an apprenticeship for Kenzie Studio, the company’s consulting arm. Jen is now a Full-Stack coder in Indianapolis.
How did participating in The Last Mile set you apart within the prison system?
The prison system is designed to make offenders feel shame for breaking the law in hopes we won’t want to come back. Participating in the TLM program set me apart in prison giving me hope for a brighter, better future without shame, guilt, or embarrassment. Everyone involved helped me build a foundation for change and they created an environment where I could feel proud of my story and hard work. Being part of a program that fosters professionalism, collaboration, communication, and accountability made me feel valued and respected when I was at my lowest.