The Road Up follows four participants in Cara, a Chicago job-training program, as they seek to make the long journey to stable employment in good jobs. Throughout, they are guided, goaded, and challenged by their impassioned mentor, Mr. Jesse, whose own experiences drive him to help others find hope in the face of poverty, addiction, homelessness, and trauma. Taken together, their stories create a powerful mosaic of the struggles millions of Americans face every day in a precarious and unforgiving economy, the daunting and often interconnected challenges that prevent so many from getting—and keeping—a job.
Workforce Matters provided a private screening of the film for our members in October 2020. This recording includes clips from the film and our second discussion, which focused on the intersection of the criminal justice system and employment and featured:
Tameshia Bridges Mansfield, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Sheena Meade, Clean Slate Initiative
Esther Franco-Payne, Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Maria Kim, Cara
Kristen Robinson, Cara Alumna
Greg Jacobs, Co-Director, The Road Up