My name is Shawn Roman, and I’m part of ARC’s 20th Second Chance Apprenticeship Readiness Program at the East Los Angeles Occupational Center. This program has been life-changing for me, especially after spending 15 years in prison. Now involved with the Amity Foundation’s reentry program, I feel blessed to be here. The program has prepared me for careers in building trades unions, teaching me accountability, responsibility, and discipline through daily routines. It’s given me hope for a better future where I can support my family and inspire the next generation. I’m motivated to succeed in any union career I pursue, knowing it will benefit not just me, but also those who have supported me along the way.