Our Strategies:

  • Hard-skills training programs following the industry sector model; i.e., programs with strong employer partnerships that train and place people with challenges to employment into self-sufficiency wage jobs in a relatively short amount of time.

  • Job placement programs that help people secure employment by providing job readiness skills, job retention skills, digital literacy, job search and resume assistance.   

  • Programs that help low-wage incumbent workers advance to higher-wage jobs.

  • English as a Second Language programs that include contextualized vocational skills and lead to employment.

  • Programs that help low-income out-of-school youth (ages 18-24 and neither working nor in school) transition to adulthood by focusing on personal development, part-time employment, skills training, high school diploma, GED and/or college entrance.

  • Organizations that address systemic employment issues by advocating for increased wages and improved access to high-quality jobs, with a focus on the East Bay.

  • Capacity building and technical assistance to the workforce development field.

Our Desired Outcomes:

  • Job placement and training programs:  low-income people increase their incomes through employment, ideally to a self-sufficient wage.  A self-sufficient wage is defined as $13/hour for a single person and $17/hour for a family (using the California Self-Sufficiency Standard as a reference).

  • English as a Second Language programs: students advance in English language skill level and increase income from employment.

  • Out of school youth programs:  young people earn a high school diploma or GED, secure part-time employment, and/or enter college or career-track training.