Recovery Through Entrepreneurship (RTE) is a nonprofit that helps individuals in recovery take a proactive social entrepreneurial approach to explore and develop careers. RTE includes training in digital literacy and entrepreneurial skills followed by a Shark Tank like competition where students pitch projects focused on treatment program improvement and social problem solutions. RTE also offers professional training for substance abuse treatment and vocational rehabilitation counselors. RTE aims to help improve vocational services and impact policy.
Recovery Through Entrepreneurship works with individuals in recovery to explore and build careers. Ex-offenders and substance abusers are too often on the wrong side of the Digital Divide (the separation between individuals who know how to use a computer and appreciate the value of computer skills, and those who do not). Without access and the ability to use a computer, an individual is greatly restricted in his or her ability to be competitive in today’s world.
The approach is relatively inexpensive since it can be integrated into the treatment systems (residential, outpatient and prisons). RTE teaches modern entrepreneurial practices to clients and counselors at drug treatment programs through web tools that simultaneously improve digital literacy and entrepreneurial skills.
Often our clients have little to no experience using the computer and find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide. Our program teaches clients basic computer skills and how to use the internet.
Many individuals in recovery have had negative educational histories so we inspire them to engage in self-learning through e-learning platforms and conducting market research to find opportunities.
It is difficult to find employment when an individual has gaps in their employment histories or little legitimate work experience. We coach our clients how to network online to find opportunities and meet other professionals.
It is common among our clients to not have bank accounts and to have significant debt. Our program teaches clients how to budget, bank online, and basic economics and investing
With limited work histories, we challenge our clients to explore different career pathways such as freelance, earning professional certificates, and designing a plan to help them achieve their goals.
We train our clients to think like entrepreneurs, to find solutions to problems, and build projects around those solutions. They create social media campaigns and network with other organizations to gain real experience as a budding entrepreneur.
Our clients build projects to address problems they identify early on in the course. Projects range from program improvement to addressing societal problems. They build a pitch deck and present in a Shark Tank style pitch competition.