Ensuring that low-income people have access to quality education and training opportunities that allow them to access employment with family sustaining wages, benefits, and ladders of growth is an important starting point for this work.
We support local efforts that bring together leaders from the education system, workforce training providers, and local employers. Most recently, we worked alongside StriveTogether to invest in the Prepare Learning Circle.
PREPARE LEARNING CIRCLE
In close partnership with StriveTogether, Living Cities supported the Prepare Learning Circle from 2014-2016, which included several collective impact partnerships focused on strengthening the career end of the “cradle-to-career” continuum. The Prepare Learning Circle was comprised of Living Cities’ members and five StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network members:
- Thrive Chicago in Chicago, Ill.;
- All Hands Raised in Portland, Ore.;
- Mission: Graduate in Albuquerque, N.M.;
- Big Goal Collaborative in Northeast Indiana; and
- StrivePartnership, along with Partners for a Competitive Workforce, in Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky.
Members of the Prepare Learning Circle had already adopted the StriveTogether framework for education and want to be on the vanguard of connecting it more fully to the end result of quality employment.
UNDERSTANDING BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT
Living Cities also explored the specific employment challenges facing different groups, such as recent immigrants or individuals who have been previously incarcerated. In the past, we have worked to document the non-skill barriers to employment and share lessons about innovative approaches to overcoming them from across the country.