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Committed To Getting Americans Back To Work

Committed To Getting Americans Back To Work

Joyce makes two Commitments to Action at Clinton Global Initiative, applauds effort to help health care workers advance in their careers.

 

Committed To Getting Americans Back To Work

Joyce Foundation makes two Commitments to Action at Clinton Global Initiative, applauds effort to help health care workers advance in their careers.

For the third consecutive year, the Joyce Foundation is proud to partner with the Clinton Global Initiative and other nonprofit groups to support programs that put Americans back to work and arm employees with the skills they need to get better-paying jobs in their communities. Yesterday at CGI America, the Foundation made two Commitments to Action and saw the continuation of a workforce development program the Foundation has funded.

Reconnecting Opportunity Youth With The Aspen Institute
There are 6.7 million 16-24 year olds who are disconnected from education or employment. Reconnecting these Opportunity Youth with pathways to a credential and career is critical to improve their quality of life, advance future generations and boost the current economy. Joyce is supporting the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund grant competition, which will award $6.6 million in funding collaboratives that play a key role in interrupting the often multi-generational cycle of poverty that can undermine the economic vibrancy of communities.

Within each participating community collaborative, one organization will coordinate the work of many groups –  foster care, juvenile justice and education systems, for example – so efforts to reengage opportunity youth are maximized to have the greatest collective direct impact. While improving an individual’s livelihood, successful collaboratives will make the case for continued investments in collective impact as a tool to solve complex problems.

Chicago, the Joyce Foundation’s home town, is one of the first Opportunity Youth grant recipients. Nearly 25,900 Chicagoans ages 16-24 are neither employed or enrolled in school. The city is taking a cradle-to-career approach to track the needs of each individual, develop career pathways through City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools, and to expand existing programs that provide learning and employment opportunities. 

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Bridging The Skills Gap In Partnership With The Business Roundtable
Only 28 percent of students enrolled at a two-year college earn associate’s degrees in three years. And those students who do graduate may not even have the skills employers need. In fact, employers report that they cannot find enough qualified job candidates to fill open positions. The Joyce Foundation, in partnership with the Lumina Foundation and ACT, made a Commitment to Action to support the work of the Business Roundtable to bridge this skills gap. Because businesses need employees with relevant skills, the Business Roundtable aims to encourage industry leaders to take a leading role in setting the education standards needed for jobs in fields that are projected to grow.

With this new Commitment to Action, the Business Roundtable will study the current job market and project which industries will see significant job growth. Researchers will determine which skills are required of workers in each field and which fields share a common skill base. Using this analysis as a base, the Business Roundtable seeks to promote businesses as partners with education institutions, so students are ready to get jobs in their communities without additional training.

Increasing Job Opportunities Through Career STAT
The Joyce Foundation was the launch funder of CareerSTAT, a Jobs for the Future (JFF) effort that partners with hospital human resource executives to promote skills training for entry-level workers to provide career advancement opportunities while also improving patient care and reducing costs. The Joyce Foundation applauds this renewed commitment to providing opportunities for employees to learn the skills required to advance within the growing health care job market.

In the next five years, CareerSTAT will partner with even more health care institutions and expand to long-term care facilities and community health centers. The expansion has the potential to give 20,000 workers the training they need to advance in their healthcare careers and increase their incomes. Also, CareerSTAT will provide direct technical assistance to ten emerging health care partnerships, and formally recognize successful training programs to serve as models for institutions throughout the health care industry. The program’s success will be measured by an employee’s own career progress and the business benefit health care institutions derive from offering training programs. Learn more.

The Joyce Foundation Employment Program works to improve workforce development and education systems to help underprepared adults learn important skills, earn credentials and pursue jobs in their communities. The Foundation also promotes industry training partnerships to ensure training aligns with local job opportunities. Key investments have been made in Shifting Gears, an initiative to redesign adult education in six Midwest states, public opinion polling on job training for lower-wage workers, and honoring excellence in community colleges. Learn more about the Employment Program in the Joyce Foundation’s Annual Report.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 200 commitments valued at $13.4 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit cgiamerica.org.

Reconnecting Opportunity Youth With The Aspen Institute
There are 6.7 million 16¬-24 year olds who are disconnected from education or employment. Reconnecting these Opportunity Youth with pathways to a credential and career is critical to improve their quality of life, advance future generations and boost the current economy. Joyce is supporting the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund grant competition, which will award $6.6 million in funding collaboratives that play a key role in interrupting the often multi-generational cycle of poverty that can undermine the economic vibrancy of communities.

Within each participating community collaborative, one organization will coordinate the work of many groups –  foster care, juvenile justice and education systems, for example – so efforts to reengage opportunity youth are maximized to have the greatest collective direct impact. While improving an individual’s livelihood, successful collaboratives will make the case for continued investments in collective impact as a tool to solve complex problems. Learn more.

Bridging The Skills Gap In Partnership With The Business Roundtable
Only 28 percent of students enrolled at a two-year college earn associate’s degrees in three years. And those students who do graduate may not even have the skills employers need. In fact, employers report that they cannot find enough qualified job candidates to fill open positions. The Joyce Foundation, in partnership with the Lumina Foundation and ACT, made a Commitment to Action to support the work of the Business Roundtable to bridge this skills gap. Because businesses need employees with relevant skills, the Business Roundtable aims to encourage industry leaders to take a leading role in setting the education standards needed for jobs in fields that are projected to grow.

With this new Commitment to Action, the Business Roundtable will study the current job market and project which industries will see significant job growth. Researchers will determine which skills are required of workers in each field and which fields share a common skill base. Using this analysis as a base, the Business Roundtable seeks to promote businesses as partners with education institutions, so students are ready to get jobs in their communities without additional training.

Bloomberg Businessweek Asks Bill Clinton: How Can We Close the U.S. Worker Skills Gap?

Increasing Job Opportunities Through Career STAT
The Joyce Foundation was the launch funder of CareerSTAT, a Jobs for the Future (JFF) effort that partners with hospital human resource executives to promote skills training for entry-level workers to provide career advancement opportunities while also improving patient care and reducing costs. The Joyce Foundation applauds this renewed commitment to providing opportunities for employees to learn the skills required to advance within the growing health care job market.

In the next five years, CareerSTAT will partner with even more health care institutions and expand to long-term care facilities and community health centers. Also, CareerSTAT will provide direct technical assistance to ten emerging health care partnerships, and formally recognize successful training programs to serve as models for institutions throughout the health care industry. The program’s success will be measured by an employee’s own career progress and the business benefit health care institutions derive from offering training programs. Learn more.

The Joyce Foundation Employment Program works to improve workforce development and education systems to help underprepared adults learn important skills, earn credentials and pursue jobs in their communities. The Foundation also promotes industry training partnerships to ensure training aligns with local job opportunities. Key investments have been made in Shifting Gears, an initiative to redesign adult education in six Midwest states, public opinion polling on job training for lower-wage workers, and honoring excellence in community colleges. Learn more about the Employment Program in the Joyce Foundation’s Annual Report.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 200 commitments valued at $13.4 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit cgiamerica.org.

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