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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.

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.

Employer Engagement: Employer Guide to Transitional Jobs Participant Development

November 19, 2014

Subsidized employment is more than an opportunity for workers with barriers to employment to earn a paycheck. Transitional jobs (TJ) programs often use the TJ placement as an opportunity for participants to address barriers to successful employment, acquire new skills, and learn how to become a worker in the context of a real, wage-paid, time-limited job. As a result, it is important for employer partners to understand the role they can play in TJ participant development as well as how TJ participant development benefits their business.This resource is a one-page handout that program providers can give directly to employer partners who are considering or have agreed to offer time-limited employment opportunities to subsidized workers. This document describes the roles and responsibilities that employer partners have in helping subsidized workers develop skills and become more work-ready, including tips for fostering worksite mentorship, providing constructive feedback on work performance, and managing disciplinary situations with a focus on performance improvement.

Employer Engagement: Your Business Benefits When You Offer Job Opportunities to Subsidized Workers

November 19, 2014

Many transitional jobs (TJ) or subsidized employment programs rely on a strong network of employer partners who offer time-limited employment opportunities to subsidized workers. To cultivate relationships with new employers and build a robust network of partners, TJ or subsidized employment program staff may need to show employers how their business will benefit by bringing on time-limited subsidized workers.This resource is an example of the kind of one-page handout that program providers can develop to give to potential employer partners to help make the business case for offering time-limited job positions to subsidized workers. This resource is intended for use as a template that program providers can reference in creating their own, program-specific document.

Taking Care of Business: Transitional Jobs and Subsidized Employment Programs Benefit the Business Community

November 19, 2014

This brief draws from employer survey data, program evaluation evidence, and other relevant research to show how businesses benefit through partnerships with transitional jobs (TJ) and subsidized employment programs. The first section describes how businesses benefit by offering time-limited job positions to subsidized workers. The second section describes how businesses benefit by hiring employment program graduates into unsubsidized positions.We encourage employment program providers, administrators, planners, and other workforce development stakeholders to use this brief to formulate effective "business cases" for why employers should offer employment opportunities to subsidized workers or hire program graduates into unsubsidized jobs.

Employer Engagement: Your Business Benefits When You Hire Our Graduates

November 19, 2014

A central goal of transitional jobs (TJ) and many subsidized employment programs is to assist participants in securing permanent, unsubsidized jobs following program completion. To cultivate relationships with employers and build a robust network of hiring partners, TJ or subsidized employment program staff may need to show employers how their business will benefit by hiring TJ and subsidized employment program graduates.This resource is an example of the kind of a one-page handout that program providers can develop to give to employers to help make the business case for offering permanent, unsubsidized jobs to TJ and subsidized employment program graduates. This resource is intended for use as a template that program providers can reference in creating their own, program-specific document.

Effective Job Development: Strategies for Working with the Chronically Unemployed

November 19, 2014

Transitional jobs (TJ) programs provide experience, skill building, and earned income to chronically unemployed job seekers with the goal of helping them secure permanent, quality employment in the competitive labor market. Job development, or the process of helping to identify, cultivate, and match job opportunities for subsidized workers to transition into the unsubsidized labor market, is a core component of the TJ strategy.This brief draws from available research, program evaluation findings, and input from experts in the field to offer promising strategies to improve job development success. We encourage employment program providers, administrators, planners, and other workforce development stakeholders to use this brief to help plan and implement an effective job development strategy and better engage with employers.

Employment Strategies for Young Families Experiencing Homelessness: FACT Summit Presentation

October 23, 2014

Presented at Heartland Alliance's Partnering for Impact: The Family Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Summit on Family Homelessness, these slides offer best and promising practices, principles, and employment program models for helping young families and youth experiencing or at-risk of homelessness find and keep jobs. The slides also highlight the employment strengths and needs of families experiencing or at-risk of homelessenss.

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.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014: A Preliminary Analysis

July 9, 2014

A preliminary analysis of provisions contained in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 related to employment, training, education, supports, and prioritization of workforce services for adults and youth with barriers to employment.

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.

My Brother's Keeper Initiative Stakeholder Memo

April 2, 2014

This memo, directed to My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Initiative stakeholders, discusses charting pathways to employment and greater economic opportunity for low-income men and youth of color.