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St. Louis Comedian Shares Story of Redemption, Reentry Following Prison Sentence

Read the final segment of KSDK’s three-part series about Concordance here. Wonderful. A blessing. Those are the words Elton Neal, 45, uses to describe what the Concordance Academy of Leadership means to him. It’s a St. Louis County nonprofit run by a retired Wells Fargo Advisors CEO aimed at preventing people like Neal from returning to prison.

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Former Inmate Says Nonprofit Keeps Him, Others Out of Jail

To read the full story, visit the KSDK website. ‘They probably saved my life’ | Former inmate says nonprofit keeps him, others out of jail ST. LOUIS — Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about Concordance Academy of Leadership, a nonprofit aimed at reducing recidivism. The next installment in the series

CEO Says St. Louis Prison Re-entry Program Works

Read the first of KSDK’s three-part series about Concordance here. Retired Wells Fargo Advisors CEO Danny Ludeman breaks down how Concordance Academy of Leadership is repairing lives, reuniting families and reducing recidivism. Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series about Concordance Academy of Leadership, a nonprofit post-prison rehabilitation program aimed at reducing

Rise & Shine Jubilee

Join us for a morning of gratitude at the “Rise & Shine Jubilee: A Wake-Up Call for Racial Equity”. Hear updates about the exciting plans in store for Concordance in 2021 as well as a testimonial from a current participant. Tuesday, December 22  8:30AM – 9:15AM CT Please join us for this short, 45-minute virtual event

Danny Ludeman, President and CEO of Concordance Academy

This St. Louis–based nonprofit has reduced Missouri’s reincarceration rates by more than 40 percent. Now it’s expanding to other states

Via St. Louis Magazine Next, Danny Ludeman’s Concordance Academy will replicate its first-of-its-kind program in Chicago. When thinking of incarceration in America, Danny Ludeman talks about Monica, a 20-year-old woman who was in the same prison at the same time as her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. “This is not atypical,” the former Wells Fargo CEO says. This story

David Steward leading $50M campaign to expand Concordance

Non-profit works to reduce reincarceration rates David Steward, chairman and founder of World Wide Technology, is leading St. Louis-based Concordance Academy’s First Chance capital campaign to raise $50 million to scale its model for reducing reincarceration rates nationally and to expand its programs to 11 other cities by 2025. Chicago will be the next city

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The Fellows

In 2016, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner established a unique partnership with Concordance Academy of Leadership in St. Louis, a non-profit organization providing holistic re-entry services to individuals released from incarceration. Since 2016, Concordance Academy ("Concordance") has provided its quality, integrated services to more than 500 program participants, and in doing so, has proven to reduce recidivism by more than 38%.

Concordance Academy is awarded NAP tax credits for its substance use disorder (SUD) program for formerly incarcerated individuals.

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Before being released from prison, Concordance Academy participant, Melvin Hill Jr., was doing everything in his power to secure a sustainable job that would allow him to fulfill his lifelong goals.

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