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Fund It, Fix It, Make It Fair: Public Transit in the New Economy

Alliance to Develop Power | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Alliance to Develop Power

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif013 is the do-or-die year for Massachusetts's public transit systems. The Governor and Legislature have promised to fix their chronic funding crisis so they can repair, rebuild and replace their trains, buses and subway cars.

Keeping People Out of Prison: Transitional Jobs as a Reentry Strategy

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifThe idea that by serving time one has paid his debt to society is ingrained in our social narrative, but it is not accurate. Once caught up in the tides of the criminal justice system, it is very difficult to escape.

Adjusting for Risk: The Problem of the Individual Actor

Andrew_Yang | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif One way to get more of our most talented young people to embark on the higher-risk, higher-reward path is to create a community and network. It might be a lot easier to take risks if you're part of a group who will look out for one another.

Where They Are Now: Charting the Careers of 6 Service and Conservation Corps Alumni

The Corps Network | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
The Corps Network

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Germain had been involved with gang violence and drugs as a teenager, resulting in a misdemeanor conviction and his expulsion from school. In 2008, Germain went back to the same high school from which he'd been expelled to launch a program that helps troubled teens.

Company Thrives on Empowering Employees

Interise | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact

Humtown has only begin to scratch the surface of the possibilities, but knows that success lies in drilling the most valuable asset of any company -- the employee.

'It's Hard to Come Back'

JVS Los Angeles | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
JVS Los Angeles

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Many veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan return to civilian life and find themselves competing with job seekers who, while no better qualified, have more "real world" experience or education.

Positioning Opportunity Youth to Be Tomorrow's Leaders

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Opportunities go to those who have the necessary skills. At YouthBuild programs, we clearly communicate labor market realities to young adults so they know what occupations are in demand and how to obtain the appropriate credentials to advance vocationally.

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy: Bringing a Quality Education and Jobs to Detroit

Jalen Rose | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Jalen Rose

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif What most of you remember from my days at Michigan happened on the basketball court.  Very few realize that I was actually a good student who also made the Dean's List. Basketball was my spring board to college, but all inner-city kids aren't that fortunate. 

Employment as Antidote to a Lifetime of 'Invisible Punishment'

Project Return | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Project Return

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifIf we were to devise the one mechanism that would most surely defeat an ex-offender's quest for a crime-free, productive life after prison, would it not be to bar his efforts to gain employment?

Entrepreneurship, The Political Bridge to everywhere.

YouthBiz | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifAfter what felt like a life time (10 years) in the political arena, I can vouch for America's frustration with political parties, bickering and the never ending battle of the sound bite.

The View from the Front Desk: Trust the Process

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifInside DC Central Kitchen, some amazing things happen. But the outside doesn't look like much. Our headquarters is in the basement of one of America's biggest homeless shelters. By the time most people walk down the dark hallway to find DCCK's front desk, they're usually pretty nervous.

Richmond Woman Turns Life Around Through Boaz and Ruth Training Program

Boaz and Ruth | Posted 02.01.2013 | Impact
Boaz and Ruth

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifOne of Donna's most challenging obstacles was tackling the medical bills she gained while fighting cancer -- a list of debts over 25 pages long.

Blind Data: Driving Youth Outcomes Through Evaluation

Urban Alliance | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Unemployment rate. College drop-out rate. Program retention and attrition. It's easy to get lost in the expanding world of numbers and figures.

Investing in Your Workforce: So Worth It!

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Typical working adults simply cannot make time in their busy lives to commute to a traditional classroom. For many, online learning is the only way they can earn their credentials.

Quit Working Somewhere You Hate

Steve Fireman | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Steve Fireman

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhile 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs, I actually look forward to going to work every day. My advice: Quit working somewhere you hate.

SER Serves Veterans

SER - Jobs For Progress | Posted 01.31.2013 | Impact
SER - Jobs For Progress

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifDid you know that Houston, Texas has the second largest veteran population in the U.S.? It's true!

Seeds for Growth

Twin Cities RISE! | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Twin Cities RISE!

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Empowerment comes through discovering individual strengths and accepting personal responsibilities. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which individuals and families can determine their own goals for growth and development.

Matching Talent, Empowering Entrepreneurs

Venture For America | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif The structure of the college job search heavily favors defined career tracks at large corporations. Venture for America recruits recent graduates and matches them with early-stage companies in lower cost cities.

Basketball, Business and an Aspiring Entrepreneur's Story

YouthBiz | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifAspiring Entrepreneurs is designed to help urban youth discover and develop their life-long entrepreneurial potential by concentrating on the building blocks of success.

Escaping the Tentacles of Poverty

Students Rising Above | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif It's unacceptable that, at best, 34 percent of low-income first-generation students graduate from college. When I think that only about 2 percent of foster kids in America will graduate college, I'm outraged. When will we decide to honestly and effectively address this shameful situation?

Building Culinary Confidence

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif DC Central Kitchen takes men and women who have been homeless, incarcerated, and addicted to drugs and throws them into this steaming pressure cooker. This might all sound crazy to you -- it certainly did to me when I landed a job here out of culinary school 15 years ago.

Overcoming Obstacles, Winning Over Employers

Rubicon | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifThe labor market is saturated with jobseekers, and businesses are inundated with applicants. For unemployed people who face significant barriers to employment (criminal record, homelessness, or history of substance abuse) job prospects are even scarcer.

Meet JR -- A Valued Asset to Our Workforce

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif JR moves slowly, his gait a bit unsteady from a seizure disorder that has caused brain damage. Once he gets rolling with his work, he picks up speed, using a shopping cart for support, and stopping when he sees boxes and carefully placing them into the cart.

High School Students' Perspective

The HOPE Program | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
The HOPE Program

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhat sets HOPE apart from other organizations is the perseverance of their students and the dedication their employees have to aiding poverty-struck New Yorkers.

Working With a Disability: An Inside Job

Outside the Box | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Outside the Box

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif After a year of not working and being made to feel like I was a lost cause, a nobody, I started attending Outside the Box. Outside the Box has reminded me of what I once believed and they have given me more than I can ever repay them.