Workforce Development Working Group
We use our monthly workforce development Working Group meetings to discuss issues related to creating enhanced employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers and working poor families. The group identifies opportunities to reform public policies and improve local workforce development programs. Each month we have a varied agenda and frequently invite workforce providers and public policy advocates to present. Whether you are interested in opportunities to engage in advocacy, or would like to learn more about effective employment and training programs, the Working Group can serve as a useful resource.
Annually, more than 100 community-based advocates and providers participate in this working group. You can attend the meeting as a CJC member or other community stakeholder committed to ensuring access to employment and career advancement opportunities for people in poverty.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | 9:30 – 11:30am
Mercy Housing – 1521 S. Wabash – Chicago
City Colleges Career Bridge and Other Program Updates
Ann Darnton, City Colleges of Chicago
Since City Colleges of Chicago’s last presentation at our December 2012 Working Group, they have served nearly 700 students and have added a culinary bridge component to its list of existing bridge programs (which include healthcare, TDL, and manufacturing). Come learn about the range of bridge programs currently being offered at City Colleges as well as additional program and initiative updates.
Chicago Wage Theft Legal Clinic
Stephanie Gharakhanian, Interfaith Worker Justice
A joint project between Interfaith Worker Justice and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., this volunteer-run clinic offers free legal advice for Chicago workers who are experiencing wage theft violations. Stephanie will provide more information on the clinic as well as an overview on wage theft, how to identify it and support workers, as well when and how to refer individuals for assistance. This clinic is open Monday evenings through December 16, 2013. For more information (in English and Spanish) click here.
Employment Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness
Lore Baker, SHPA, and Steve Simmons, CJC
The Supportive Housing Providers Association (SHPA) released a matrix with information and resources for practitioners interested in starting employment programs for people experiencing homelessness. The matrix was developed through the Connect to Work project, a Butler Family Foundation initiative to integrate the homeless provider and workforce development systems. To create the matrix, an Advisory Council of respected researchers identified, described, and categorized more than 80 promising employment practices. Please join us to learn more about the matrix tool.
CJC Advocacy and Policy Updates
Please bring information that you would like to share with work group participants.
We will have a table for handouts and an opportunity for brief announcements at the end of the meeting.
We welcome your valuable perspective and participation and look forward to seeing you. New participants are always welcome! No RSVP required.