News, Updates, and Information
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012
‘Career Bridge’ project will support job seekers who face barriers to employment.
Mayor McGinn detailed support for the Career Bridge pilot project, an innovative partnership among the City of Seattle, the Seattle Jobs Initiative, and grassroots community groups to help individuals who face significant barriers to employment begin on a pathway to a living-wage job and career. The program is included in the mayor’s proposed 2013-14 budget.
“We are committed to building a city where everyone in our community has the opportunity to prosper,” said Mayor McGinn. “Career Bridge will work with community partners to provide personal support and mentoring, needed services, job search skills, and career development to help low-income adults find good jobs and become self-sufficient.”
Because of the complexity of barriers, these populations are in need of a range of comprehensive services and support to prepare for and access good paying jobs with long-term career pathways. Without this support, they may be unable to access the existing employment and training system, which is primarily focused on post-secondary education.
The project is being piloted this year, and over the next two years, this partnership will serve an estimated 360 individuals, providing them with training, wrap-around supports, and job placement services help them find meaningful, good-paying jobs that are in demand in our growing economy. In 2013 and 2014, Career Bridge will be expanded to serve individuals whose limited English language skills are themselves a significant barrier to training and employment.
The Mayor’s Proposed Budget includes $60,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) resources in 2013 and $800,000 in 2014 to implement the Career Bridge pilot program. The program is anticipated to support 240 people in 2014. The 2013 CDBG amount of $60,000 is supplemented by $150,000 of redirected General Fund in OED’s budget for the Seattle Jobs Initiative to provide support to this program. The total funding level for 2013 is $210,000.
Pilot is Part of Pathways to Careers Initiative
The Career Bridge pilot project is part of the Pathways to Careers Initiative a partnership among the City (OED in the lead), the Seattle Community College District, business, labor, nonprofit organizations and philanthropy to create a world-class system of professional educational and training that allows all working or unemployed adults, regardless of income, to obtain the skills necessary to fill the jobs openings in demand by our employers.
Over the next three years, Pathways to Careers will reach 1,500 students and double student completion rates within four sectors: health care; manufacturing and industrial skills; international trade, transportation and logistics; and business information technology.
IMPORTANT NOTICE! ITS A DAY LATE, BUT YOU CAN STILL HELP OUT!
A Capitol Hill nonprofit that has served the community for nearly twenty years is in the midst of an “emergency financial crisis,” organizers say. Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets board will meet Thursday to discuss the situation — a fundraiser is already planned for Friday:
Please help us continue to provide services at Peace for the Streets by Kids on the Streets by attending a fundraising art show this Friday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. PSKS is in an emergency financial crisis and needs your help! Every dollar you donate will be applied to current debt. We are meeting as a Board of Directors on Thursday- October 11th, 2012 to discuss the future of PSKS.
There will be free music, food, live poetry reading, baked goods and an art auction! PSKS has been providing valuable services to the Capitol Hill community since 1995. They provide a day drop in center(child and dog friendly) which has free hot meals, social services, and school aid. We are the last homeless service center on Capitol Hill, and have a continuum of care model we follow from homelessness to life off the streets.
We are asking for a $5 suggested donation at the door. Hope to see you all there, 1814 Summit Avenue (Denny/ Summit), Seattle, WA, 98122, (206) 726-8500. Photos proceeds from the silent auctions of Daniel Glyn and Alex Garland will be donated to PSKS as well!
If anyone has art work they want to donate for the silent auction please drop them off at PSKS between now and Friday noon-4 PM.