When we heard about the Second Chance Project, instantly we related with their mission of breaking stigmas.
The Second Chance Project came to us with a goal, can we tell short stories about the impact that a job has had on their lives. Either as an employer giving a formerly incarcerated person an opportunity – or the experience as a returning citizen and the impact that a job had on their life.
Knowing this was the goal, we had to setup a way for people to submit their short testimonial. We had to setup a way to moderate these, and we had to setup a way that allowed people to put a face on their story.
The SecondChanceProject.com is the result.
Our engineers inside of San Quentin State Prison worked on enabling and bringing to life this story telling platform.
For use, it was a fantastic blend of opportunity and mission to give currently incarcerated people a second chance at a job, at proving their value, and by strengthening the impact of the Second Chance Project.
For the technical details, the foundation of the platform was built using the WordPress API to enhance the accessibility of content on the SecondChanceProject.com.
To support image editing during the upload process, the developers utilized jQuery’s fileUpload library and jcrop.js to handle on the browser, image manipulation locally and ultimately upload the cropped images into the website.
The team faced challenges in integrating these two libraries; however, the overcame them to achieve the desired result.
Once submissions are uploaded, the next requirement is to place all content on an access restricted moderation queue. The queue is reviewed, individually approved, and only then posted on the SecondChanceProject.com platform.
Our developers coded a role based authentication solution and used content status flags to support the workflow.
It was a tremendous honor for Marcellino Ornelas and William Murphy to work with the Second Chance Project and contribute as currently incarcerated developers to help break stigmas create sharing platforms.