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NCLR Presentation on TJ and Funding Strategies - SLIDES

July 16, 2015

These slides were developed for National Council of La Raza (NCLR) 2015 annual conference in Kansas City, MO. The presentation covered the history of Transitional Jobs, innovative funding strategies, and the potential impact of new WIOA provisions on the field.

Second Chance Reauthorization Act - Fact Sheet

July 6, 2015

Signed into law on April 9, 2008, the Second Chance Act (P.L. 110-199) is designed to positively impact the life outcomes of individuals transitioning into society after experiencing incarceration. The Second Chance Act authorizes grants to state, local, and federally recognized tribal governments to provide support strategies and services designed to reduce recidivism and create opportunities for people returning from prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. In June 2015, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced a bill (S. 1513) to reauthorize the Second Chance Act. This fact sheet prepared by the National Initiatives on Poverty and Economic Opportunity team describes some of the provisions included in the Second Chance Reauthorization Act.

Opportunity Youth Employment Program Case Study: Daybreak

May 29, 2015

This resource is a case study on Daybreak, a program that offers emergency shelter, street outreach, housing, education, mental health, and employment services -- including transitional jobs (TJ) within a social enterprise setting -- to help youth get and stay housed. Daybreak's target population had originally been young teens ages 10 to 18, but because of increasing needs the program now gives more attention to transition-aged youth ages 18 to 24.

Opportunity Youth Employment Program Case Study: Roca

May 29, 2015

The resource is a case study on Roca, a program that provides employment services, including transitional jobs, to opportunity youth. Roca's target population is high-risk, justice-involved young men ages 17 to 24, who are not in school, are unwilling or unable to engage in traditional social service programming, and are on track to adult incarceration.

Opportunity Youth Employment Program Case Study: Larkin Street

May 29, 2015

This resource is a case study on Larkin Street, a program that includes housing and medical care along with education, employment, and career services via their Larkin Street Academy. Larkin Street Academy "meets youth where they are" by offering a range of employment services including YouthForce, a job readiness class, the Institute for Hire Learning (IHL), and Wire Up.

Milwaukee Employer Engagement Training

May 13, 2015

The National Initiatives field building team delivered a training course to stakeholders in Milwaukee on effective employer engagement strategies. Employer engagement is essential to the success of transitional jobs (TJ) and subsidized employment programs. The training provided an overview of the NTJN's new Employer Engagement Toolkit, and included exercises to help providers hone their messaging to employers about the value of partnering with TJ and subsidized employment programs.

Overview of the Child Support System and Innovations in Child Support Policy and Practice

September 3, 2014

These slides give an overview of the origins of the child support system, a break-down of federal, state, and local child support obligations, and innovations in child support reform efforts that help lift families out of poverty.

Time is of the Essence: What the past 500 years means for the future of Black Male Achievement

June 18, 2014

This timeline seeks to shed light on how 500 years of slavery, discrimination and disenfranchisement has contributed to the current employment and economic crisis faced by African American men in the United States. In 2012, there were almost 6 million African American men and youth unemployed or not actively seeking work. Of this number, nearly 3.5 million were low income - below 200% of the federal threshold. From the 1960's until today, unemployment rates for black men have been 2 to 2.5 times the white unemployment rate. At the height of the Great Recession, the unemployment rate for black men peaked at 14%, which was nearly double the national average of 6.6% and higher than the national average during the great depression. As of May 2014, there were 717,000 unemployed black youth between the ages of 16-24 in the United States. Recognizing the implications of the historical, social, and political factors and decisions that have contributed to the current employment crisis faced by African American men and youth is critical to shaping future policy.

Healthy Relationships, Employment, and Reentry

September 26, 2013

This brief will provide an overview of the evidence supporting the interrelatedness of employment, healthy relationships, family well-being, and recidivism. It will also give the perspectives of expert program practitioners who are successfully integrating programming related to employment, prison reentry, healthy relationships, and responsible fatherhood. Finally, this brief will offer program and policy recommendations for leveraging the positive impacts of healthy relationships on employment and reentry and vice versa.