ME3LJ – Iron Sharpens Iron
The Texas Bar Foundation awarded ME3LJ Center $8,100 for the Iron Sharpens Iron Retro project to provide salaries for interns to expand their outreach and services to individuals in Travis Co and the surrounding area who are dealing with issues of re-entry. ME3LJ is a resource for formerly incarcerated individuals and assists those individuals in navigating the path to becoming a part of the community.
MELJ Center is a premier statewide, non-profit organization that helps at-risk-youth and formerly incarcerated persons come into contact with services to actualize their potential and restore their rights. MELJ also helps university students graduate with the help of internship opportunities. Over one hundred student interns have come through MELJ thus far. Founder of MELJ, Latreese Cooke, is also the voice of Iron Sharpens Iron, a radio show expanding political information by creating discourse around organized systems and current events. The KAZI 88.7 FM show serves as a forum for those who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to spark conversation about reentry of the previously incarcerated and how they can be best served by all communities. Iron Sharpens Iron can be heard the first Thursday of every month at 9am.