Two Years In: Baltimore Pilot Successful in Connecting Young Adults with Work
Since launching in 2015, the Casey-supported One Baltimore for Jobs initiative has built a citywide infrastructure aimed at removing barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Initiated as a response to unrest in Baltimore, these efforts have helped connect hundreds of the city’s young adults with jobs in high-growth industries.
The city of Baltimore established One Baltimore for Jobs after receiving a two-year, $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2017, the Casey Foundation will continue supporting many of the workforce-focused organizations that have participated in the initiative to date.
STRIVE is proud to announce two new grants that will allow us to expand their employment services for young adults in New York City. With a new grant from the Citi Foundation’s Youth Opportunity Fund, STRIVE and the East Harlem Talent Network will launch Serve UP Harlem, a new initiative to train youth for careers in New York City’s fast-growing food service and hospitality sector. The program is part of STRIVE’s ongoing commitment to creating opportunity for our city’s youth. Launched in 2015, the Youth Opportunity Fund is part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, and supports organizations that help empower urban youth, ages 16 to 24. The Fund awards one-year grants of $250,000 to nonprofit organizations in 10 U.S. cities. STRIVE’s youth services are also being supported by a recent grant from the Starbucks Foundation’s Opportunity for Youth Initiative, focused on STRIVE’s job readiness and youth training services.
Leading the Change: “Inspiring Our Youth – Building a Community”
In partnership with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s Youth Safety Initiative, CareerSource South Florida launches its Summer Youth Employment and Ready To Work Programs. Through the Youth Safety Initiative, these programs will provide opportunity to South Florida’s future workforce while decreasing crime in Miami-Dade County. Both programs are designed to provide entry-level positions within local businesses, private sectors, and community-based organizations. Program selection will be achieved through a lottery process for candidates who have met all program requirements. Participants must be between 14-27 years of age and reside in Miami-Dade County in one of the twenty (20) targeted zip codes. Open registration is currently available at www.careersourcesfl.com.
“Building our community, while offering meaningful employment options and income to our youth and
young adults is critical to supporting the efforts in decreasing crime in Miami-Dade and bringing families in our communities closer together. The Summer Youth Employment and Ready to Work Employment Program will allow youth and young adults to take on new responsibilities, gain on-the-job experience and transferable career readiness skills, and develop essential social skills that will help them achieve success in the future workforce and contribute to the growth in their communities,” said Rick Beasley, Executive Director for CareerSource South Florida.
Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Honors CareerSource South Florida
The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (MDCC) honored CareerSource South Florida (CSSF) as the Non-Profit Organization of the Year during their 2016 Annual Symposium Business Leaders Luncheon. This year’s theme was “Mentoring: Bridging the Generational Gap.” The luncheon took place at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. Over 300 of South Florida’s business, civic, educational and philanthropic leaders were in attendance. Each year the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce honors and highlights the exemplary achievements of Miami’s dynamic business community. MDCC honored CareerSource South Florida for its continuous commitment in shaping the future of businesses, partners and the communities in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties reach goals and achieve successful outcomes. As an honoree, Rick Beasley, Executive Beasley is proud of CSSF’s successes and is grateful to be part of a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving the CareerSource South Florida was one of five honorees who were recognized during the luncheon. Other honorees were: Board Member of the Year – H. Leigh Toney, Miami-Dade College, North Campus Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Center; Corporate Business of the Year – CH2M, a global engineering company; Dexter Foster Small Business of the Year – Joe Louissaint, Show Technology Inc.; and Rising Star of the Year – Michael J. Butler, Easy Painting and Decorating Inc.
Chicago Workforce Agency Wins $10.9 Million Grant for Retail Employment Services
The Walmart Foundation is giving a Chicago and Cook County workforce agency $10.9 million to provide education and employment services for retail workers. The grant will fund retail-oriented programs in Chicago and 10 other locations, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership CEO Karin Norington-Reaves said after the grant was announced at a National Association of Workforce Boards conference on Monday. The organization, formed in 2012, provides free services to job seekers and businesses and is among the largest workforce agencies in the country, with a roughly $60 million budget, and administers federal, public and private funding to 53 institutions, Norington-Reaves said.
About a third of the grant money will fund local programs, including a new center where the Chicago Cook organization will provide retail-focused training for new employees preparing for a first job and current workers looking to advance their careers, Norington-Reaves said. Courses range from interpersonal skills that help employees succeed in the workplace to more technical customer service and retail programs that might help an employee qualify for certification through the National Retail Federation.
October 5, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Awarded The WorkPlace a $14 million Grant to Prepare TANF Recipients, Lower Wage and the Long Term Unemployed for Careers in Healthcare
De Blasio Administration, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Department for Youth & Community Development Announce Doubled Summer Internship Opportunities for City Youth in “Ladders For Leaders” Program