About A Social Ignition

Founded in the Spring of 2012, A Social Ignition started by working with several groups to help enhance their ability to fulfill their missions in the field of reentry. After engaging the ecosystem and learning what was working and what wasn’t, what was being done and what was missing, Founder Sonja Skvarla developed a cirriculum  of entrepreneurship and professional development and offered it to the Oregon Department of Corrections. It took a year to earn permission to conduct the class at Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland, OR, but the relationship continues to flourish as both parties are interested in seeing a successful transition for men returning to the community. We have been running programs inside since July 2014 and are looking forward to expanding our offerings soon.

A Social Ignition by the Numbers

7 graduated cohorts

2 institutions

44 graduates of The Ignition Option

21 active members of The Long Haul

7 graduate businesses in development

Since beginning programing on the inside, Sonja has joined forces with a dynamic Board of Directors including, Natalya Pemberton and Kevin DeWhitt. Bryant Leman provides coaching inside with The Long Haul program.

Learn about the founder’s story here.

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